Technology: The demise of the English language?

By | March 3, 2014

If you are one of the (few) people left who prefer the use of proper grammar and spelling, I thank you. You are not alone.

Technology can usually make things simpler for us. In most ways it does, but at what cost? Are we actually becoming dumber from technology?

You just have to take a look at certain things (well one major thing), that which is known as Facebook. You see it all the time; people using improper language. Not only people my age, younger people too (usually to more of an extent). Now imagine in 10 years what the English will be like.

People that know me would agree that I am somewhat of a troll* when it comes to correcting spelling mistakes online, in which I would agree. Especially when it comes to the younger generation who don’t understand that the letter “I” is a capital letter or maybe they don’t care. Is it really that hard?

Chell and I were having a chat with a mate a few weeks ago about how the younger generation are using the internet, and losing sight of what the English language is. Thinking about this today and seeing a couple of posts on Facebook made me ponder writing this post.

I’m not sure if there are many people who appreciate the English language or grammar for that fact. Maybe (most) people are just becoming complacent with where the English language is travelling and feel that it has already become a lost cause? I don’t know.

What do you think?

*Troll (Internet), an internet term for a person who, through willful action, attempts to disrupt a community or garner attention and controversy through provocative messages.