The Influence of the Social Networks and Messengers on the Youth Language of the Japanese


During a research trip to the University of Tsukuba (Japan), a survey of Japanese students was conducted on the impact of social networks and instant messengers on the language of modern Japanese youth. 45 students of 1-3 courses (18-20 years old), studying in different groups at different faculties of the University of Tsukuba, took part in the survey. Respondents were asked to answer several questions concerning the impact of social networks and instant messengers on their communication style, and, if possible, comment on their response. The questions were as following: 1) What social networks and messengers do you use? 2) How the usage of social networks and instant messengers affected your communication style (choose answer): a) I use many shortened words b) I use many new words c) I use a lot of borrowed words d) I speak a foreign language 3) Did you find it more difficult or easier to communicate in real life?Based on the survey, the following conclusions can be drawn: 1) Communication by mobile applications and social networks plays an important role in the lives of modern Japanese. 2) The goals with which different applications are used differ slightly (everyday communication, professional communication, education, etc.) 3) Communication through social networks and instant messengers leaves its imprint on the communication style, making use of abbreviations, new, borrowed words, etc. 4) In some cases, the frequent use of mobile technologies leads to a deterioration in communication, but some respondents noted that, on the contrary, everyday communication improved.

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Anastasia Borisova, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

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Conference: MediAsia2018
Stream: Mass Communication

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