The use of language in social networks

The emergence of social networks and the development of new technologies have led to many changes in language and new forms of expression. Today, users of different platforms or applications are moved by two parameters that make the expressions that we write are governed by: synthesis and immediacy.

For example, users of Twitter, have to summarize in a few characters a message that capture the attention of fans and should be sufficiently explicit and so it is not necessary a greater drafting. It is also important to use a nearby language, away from formalism to try to connect with the target audience within the scope of social networks, especially young.


The downside of this new scenario on which the different generations express their messages, opinions and experiences has to do with immediacy. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, are characterized by displaying a quick content, and users need to be the first and search the exclusivity of what is shown. Often that leads to the use of abbreviations or expressions that are not correct spelling and, of course, not recognized by the Real Academia Española. Despite this, Darío Villanueva, current director of the own SAR, argued that the use of social networks did not necessarily imply a deterioration of the language in the long term, and establishes a similarity with what happened centuries ago with the advent of the Telegraph, where the messages were very skimpy and looking the prepositions on many occasions.

However, and while every time there are more meanings of the already-known as “text language”, the use of a way of speaking adapted to these new media can influence negatively when it comes to show our language in other areas less informal.