Social Media Language

(Photo by Beth Watkins)

By Beth Watkins

Late one night we were lying in bed watching a movie on television. The television popped, crackled and began smoking! My husband, wearing nothing but his tighty whitey’s, picked up the big bulky TV and headed for the front door. I held the door open for him, and he ran the TV out to the curb. As he turned to run back into the house, I shut and locked the door and turned on the porch light.

He whispered as loud as he could “Open the door! Open the door, this isn’t funny!” I whispered back, “It is. It is funny!” He wouldn’t get loud because he didn’t want to wake the neighbors or the kids.

Before cell phones, entertainment was a little different; it was spontaneous. You didn’t have to worry about being caught on camera and posted on the internet for all to see. The information highway has certainly opened a whole new world. And, as they say, if you read it online it’s probably true.

Social media affects the way we view everyday life. When something makes you sad, mad or glad, you reach out to your friends through posting on social media. Social media even has its own language that has caught on in everyday conversations. LOL means “Laughing out Loud,” SMH is “Shaking My Head,” and PSA is “Public Service Announcement.”

Read more in the July issue of OKFR.