Social media, text-speak, dementia… a few thoughts!

text speakIn the 7th May email newsletter from the Australian Institute of Management South Australia (AIM);

“Just how important it is to use correct grammar is highlighted in the May issue of Management Today. According to the magazine, knowing the difference between “you’re” and “your” could be one indicator of future career success.

The article reads, ‘grammar checking website Grammerly found professionals with fewer grammatical errors in their LinkedIn profiles achieve high positions, were promoted more frequently and change jobs less often.’

‘Grammerly CEO Brad Hoover speculated that strong grammar skills may be linked to desirable traits such as attention to detail, critical thinking and intellectual aptitude,’ it says.”

Last weekend in an article in The Advertiser, it quoted that Gen Y spend 16 hours per day connected to social media, and others (yes, that includes us) up to 8 hours per day, and that the negative effect this is having on our ability to communicate face-to-face is significant. Many (not just Gen Y) are losing the ability to speak well, write well or communicate well in general. The use of text-speak is influencing us too much.

The way [we] speak and write is influenced by the media. Words like ‘congraTulations’ are being pronounced as ‘condraDulations’, by many journalists, the very people who should know better. These are the times when I become vaguely obsessed by what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’!!

I’d have to say right now, I’m a little worried my use of social media and the pc – this blog, other bl0gs, email, Facebook, LinkedIn and twitter – might be negatively impacting my ability to communicate, especially face-to-face, something the dementia is also impacting. Does this mean I should stop????????? I probably only spend 1-2 hours per day on social media, and mostly on Facebook as it is a cheap way to ‘chat’ to friends. I have Skype, but have only used it twice. My access to twitter and LinkedIn is minimal, other than what is linked through my blog.

However I do spend a lot of time on my blog, writing drafts, editing… editing… editing, and posting blogs. I respond to other blogs, and often read them as they come into my Inbox. I have set many up to arrive only once a week, and sometimes I don’t have time to read and respond to them. I also spend a lot of time with emails, receiving many per day sometimes due to the various volunteering roles I have.

But my global world, through this blog, is my access to social inclusion, social equality, and a life beyond the four walls of my home. For me, a person living with a diagnosis of younger onset dementia, social media is a lifeline… but is it making my communication skills worse?

6 thoughts on “Social media, text-speak, dementia… a few thoughts!

  1. I am grateful for our ability to communicate with each other, to share our thoughts and dreams, even though I live on the other side of the world. To share our joys and sorrows, this is a wonderful thing.

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  2. It’s making your COMMUNICATION better …… much better. Skills too, yes, but using your brain to think, write, rewrite or just text on the spot etc is much better than doing nothing. And even if we, as people with dementia, end up using shortcuts like “c u l8r” we still have to come up with the acronym to use, to start with. And we’re practicing the interaction with others. This is important too.

    I know that when I talk lately my word retrieval has been getting worse …. it might just be because I’ve been exhausted for a week or more …. but it’s better to talk and have to think a bit for the right word, than not to talk at all. Know what I mean?

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  3. I think you communicate very well Kate. You get a lot of feedback, so apparently the message and feeling is being conveyed. Grammar is OK but don’t let it get in the way of the message, and as for it being a determinant of future prospects, then someone is having a lend of themselves.

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  4. Your communication skills are just fine. Social media is essential for people with low energy, geographic isolation, occupations (like being a writer) where time is spent alone etc

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