Millennials (and often Gen Xers and Gen Zers, too) are often derided by older generations for the way they communicate online and in text messages. The argument is that it’s not grammatically correct; therefore, it’s bad, wrong, and even an indication of the rapid decline of society and civilization as we know it. But as a viral tweet about how millennials use language demonstrates, that’s actually not the case at all. In fact, I’d argue that millennials’ use of language online is an indication that society and civilization are evolving — and that’s a very good thing, indeed.
The tweet comes from copyeditor Deanna Hoak. “It’s kinda cool how our generation has created actual tone in the way we write online.” [Another] user noted something their English teacher had said: “What my teacher was really floored about was that… we’re ‘native speakers’ of a whole new type of English.”
"This Viral Tweet About Millennial Language Demonstrates All Syntax And Tonal Shifts Millennials Have Developed For the Written Word", Bustle.com, Lucia Peter, 2018.
Generation Alpha have been born into “the great screenage” and while we are all impacted by our times, technology has bigger impacts on the generation experiencing the changes during their formative years.
The year they began being born was the year the iPad was launched, Instagram was created and App was the word of the year. For this reason, we also call them Generation Glass because the glass that they interact on now and will wear on their wrist, as glasses on their face, that will be on the Head Up Display of their driverless cars, or that will be the interactive surface of their school desk, will transform how they work, shop, learn, connect and play.
Not since Gutenberg transformed the utility of paper with his printing press in the 15th Century has a medium been so transformed for learning and communication purposes as glass- and it has happened in the lifetime of Generation Alpha.
"Generation Next: Meet Gen Z And the Alphas",
Ashley Fell, McCrindle, 2018.
spelling mistake (n.)
text message (SMS stands for Short Message Service) (n.)