Social media is changing the way we communicate. It is increasing inter-personal communications and making us speak in shorter, plainer language. It is creating communities and empowering users. This new phenomenon is catching the eye of social researchers. Here is what they are saying.
Reports from the UK have Marie Claire, Plain English Campaign, saying social media conversations are seeing women being more blunt than before. If this trend continues, are today's workplaces ready for new employees who speak clearly, briefly and without jargon? Are we ready to hear it straight?
Earlier this year Forbes published an article on 5 ways the Gen Y - the BYOD (bring your own device) generation - is changing the face of our workplaces - forever. They are forging the way ahead in social communications. Never before has a generation of employees (and consumers) been so connected. Are we equipped to harness this energy?
The YEC (Young Entrepreneurs Council), an invite only, non profit for the world's hottest young entrepreneurs, goes a step further. The article 3 Things Your Gen Y Employees Want Besides Money highlights the opportunity for two-way (not one-way) communication, sense of community and spiritual energy. This may be new to many employers - but it is the way of the future.
A common thread to all these articles is social media + young people = new ways to connect. We can learn from Gen Y. Let them
'teach an old dog a new trick'.
Kate Harrison Whiteside has over 25 years experience in plain language, writing/editing, training and consulting.