Research + News | Topic: Social Communication

Do You Understand The Teen Slang on

Social platform has revealed the top 20 acronyms and slang terms used by its 150 million members, who are mostly teenagers and young adults.

Read the article here.

6 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Our Friendships

Don’t let digital interactions replace real-life intimacy. Read the article here.

The Word of the Year is… Not a Word

Every year, Oxford Dictionaries broadcasts a “Word of the Year” based on its usage and popularity. This year, they didn’t choose a word at all. They chose an emoji.

Read Tim Elmore’s blog post about this news here.

More Than 7 in 10 Americans Think Technology Has Become Too Distracting and is Creating a Lazy Society

According a a recent Harris Poll:

“Many adults remain divided on how technology impacts the way we live our lives. On the one hand, strong majorities believe that technology has improved the overall quality of their lives (71%) and encourages people to be more creative (68%). But at the same time, strong majorities also believe technology is creating a lazy society (73%), has become too distracting (73%), is corrupting interpersonal communications (69%), and is having a negative impact on literacy (59%).”

Read the data here.


Teens Prefer Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (In That Order), Says New Survey

A survey by Piper Jaffray of American teens found that Instagram was the most popular social site for 33 percent of teens. In second place was Twitter with 20 percent, and following that was Snapchat with 19 percent.

Read the article here.

The Acronyms Teens Really Use On Social Media

Kelly Wallace, of CNN, talks to teens to find out what acronyms that are really using online. Read the article here.

Gotta Get A Message To You

New messaging services boast unique utilities. Read the article here.

Teens Embrace Anonymous Social Networks to Discuss Awkward Topics, Build Confidence

Most teenagers say they’re confident about what they post on social media. About 79 percent of those polled in an online study released Thursday by and YouGov reported that they “rarely say things online they regret.” But teens are also embracing anonymity. Read the rest of the article here.

How Having Smartphones (Or Not) Shapes The Way Teens Communicate

Pew Research Center reports that 73% of teens now have a smartphone, but those who do and do not tend to communicate in different ways. Read the report here.

What About Teens Who Don’t Have Smartphones?

What are the effects of lack-of-technology access to the portion of teens who don’t own smartphones? Read the article here.