Clive Thompson wrote in Wired Magazine about how our language has changed due to electronics. He calls it a social shift in writing as smart phones and dictation apps automatically make our writing more casual.
Furthermore, voice dictation software is becoming more widely used and also contributes to this casual prose phenomenon. A recent study analyzed how our language has changed. Findings included:
- Sentences became shorter.
- Contractions are more prevalent.
- Status titles such as Sir or Boss were less used.
- First person pronouns were more widely used.
In short, our writing has become more colloquial in order for computers to easily understand and dictate our words.
Some would argue that our writing has become so simplified that it’s no longer of influence. Others say the opposite is true because more people engage with this style. What do you think?