yo communication evolution on the ttc yo

16 December 2009

Overheard on the bus today:

Kid One:  “What’s with you and Shauna yo?”

Kid Two: “Yo Nothin.  What you mean?”

Kid One: “Yo she changed her relationship status to single on facebook.”

Kid Two: “Uh… yeah… Whatev, yo man I ain’t talked to her much.”

As Kid Two carries on some awkward conversation trying to cover his I Was So Just Dumped shock, I wonder just how many social conventions this whole social media thing has changed amongst barely-teens and the rest of us.

But then again, I think as the kids disembark, maybe this situation wasn’t that much different 30 or 40 years ago.  Back then you’d just get another kid to tell yesterday’s “boyfriend” that you were through.  Today it’s pretty much the same thing only you get 462 other kids to tell him instead.


4 Responses to “yo communication evolution on the ttc yo”

  1. Hay Says:

    yikes! I kind of feel sorry for him! (yo :))
    I think sometimes the ‘barrier’ that computers and texting give us means that we can act more confidently than we otherwise might in person. So maybe in some ways it’s a good thing.

  2. Jennifer Says:

    I felt sorry for him – he was vulnerable when he was trying to cover up the shock of the news laid on him. And you’re absolutely right Hay, it’s certainly true for me – I’m much more confident “in writing” than in person.

  3. Reluctant Blogger Says:

    Aww yes, that’s such an awful feeling when you have to act all blase and put a brave face on it till you get home and can sob.

    I think you are both right re the online/in person thing. It is good in some respects but I think people can also be much crueler when they can speak invisibly than when they actually have to face the person and deal with their reaction.

    • Jennifer Says:

      Yep RB, and you illustrate again the substantial changes in the way we communicate and interact. I love all the technology as much as anyone else but how often do we stop and think about how it is changing us? Change is sometimes good, sometimes bad.

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