Social Media Abbreviations are a whole language now.
This might wind up being a test, to either make you feel old – or young if you nail it. Below are the most popular abbreviations people use online.
Millennials and Gen-Zers of the world have taken technology and run with it, which is understandable considering they are the ones who grew up with it literally at their fingertips. They are natives to the worlds of technology, whereas the generations before them are all immigrants to the world of technology.
Do you wonder why so many things are abbreviated now? Believe it or not, people didn’t start abbreviating just to look cool. It actually started because of social media character limits.
Twitter is especially known for this because the platform used to only allow up to 140 characters in a single tweet, leaving lost tweeters to figure out how to make their messages short, sweet and to the point.
As Twitter was mostly being used by millennials and Gen-Zers in the beginning, they started to create their own language, with abbreviations. Twitter now allows up to 280 characters in a tweet, but the abbreviations aren’t going away any time soon, because they have become their own language.
Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with all the latest slang, but I’m here to help!
So, here are some of the most popular internet abbreviations that are commonly used online, and definitely in text messages, so you don’t have to keep scratching your head in confusion every time you get a text from your kids.
If you’re paying attention even a little, you probably know a lot of these. Like LOL – “laugh out loud,” (no Aunt Mildred, it’s not “lots of love,” but thank you!) and FYI means “for your information”
Great start! But how many of these other ones do you know? Here’s a ranking – we’ll start out easy, then get a little harder.