Social Media Makes Girls 'Seem More Aggressive'
Twitter, Facebook changing how we speak, expert says
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2012 5:43 PM CDT
A girl shows her Facebook 'wall' on her mobile device in Jakarta on February 2, 2012.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Rapid-fire Twitter and Facebook communication is making young women more "to the point" in ways that can seem aggressive, an expert tells the Daily Mail. "It’s not intentional," says Oxford University language professor Deborah Cameron. "Curtness tends to be short, sharp and to the point. But it’s a fine line between being curt or aggressive and being straightforward." The trend is more noticeable among girls because they "communicate more than males," she says.

What's more, girls instigate many language changes—such as raising our intonation at the end of sentences. "People often put down as 'girls' language' something that's actually going to spread through the whole speech community," says Cameron. The Telegraph notes that others have been commenting on our quickie online communication: Author Terry Pratchett said it limits our vocabulary, and actor Ralph Fiennes claimed that "our expressiveness and our ease with some words is being diluted so that the sentence with more than one clause is a problem for us."

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Jul 1, 2012 4:45 PM CDT
I'd like to kick the shit out of the idiots that developed this study!! OK.. it's time I made some cookies for my grandson and take my flower arrangements to the hospital..
Jul 1, 2012 7:15 AM CDT
lol, sometimes I feel like an asshole when I rush to comment without taking the time to read an article thoroughly... then I read all the other comments and I realize it's okay, because no one else ever reads the articles either, obviously.
Jul 1, 2012 7:11 AM CDT
this article is smacks of such male chauvanism/retrograde feminism, that I expect Slate will be running a longer version of it in their "How to Be A Proper 1950's Lady" section, or, as they call it, 'XX'.