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Field Manual of Change: Internet Acronyms / Instant Messaging/ Human behaviour_ChiehChung Cheng s3428170

The invention of Internet has changed the way human communicate and also caused a tremendous impact on our language. The Internet Acronyms is one of the curial issue that raise with the innovation of Internet. Research has shown 64 percent of teenager use informal abbreviation in their written schoolwork.

What is Internet Acronym?

It refers to variety of slang words used by different computer users on the Internet. It is text abbreviations that used on Internet conversation, it consists of a number of different ways of speaking and expressions. Internet users have developed many slang terms over the years, for examples like lol, k, ttyl, etc.

The impacts brought by Internet Acronym

The study’s results have shown that students were more likely to use informal language in school assignments due to the amount of time they spent on social sites.

Internet acronym not only has an impact on our use of language, it also affect our lifestyle.

How instant messaging changed human behaviour

With the development of technology, Internet acronym and instant messaging have changed human social behaviour. “Texting while walking/talking/eating” is another issue that came with the advancement of technology. People can instantly reach other person around the world just by sending a simple message. As a result, people become lack of confidences in real life face-to-face chatting, became unaware of surrounding things nor people and this has became a common phenomenon for younger generation.

According to research, 22 percent of kids ages 6 to 9 already have their mobile phone. Today’s kids spend most of the time on their technology devices, they play with it, learn from it, and also engaging with others on it. Is this consider to be a healthy human being? Should people be worry? People cannot learn everything through a computer or any other electronic devices, people learn most of things when they engaging with people and surrounding in their real life.

Therefore need for Change!

The usage of Internet Acronym is rapidly becoming an controversial issue around the world, people starting to realise the effect caused by Internet Acronym and the risk of changing facial communication skills for the next generation.

People are relying heavily on text messaging, instant messaging and many others internet related applications across all different age groups. There was a news headline on London’s newspaper,  it said, “1 in 10 people have bee injured because of walking and texting at the same time.”  The use of instant messaging and internet language are changing and affecting human’s daily lifestyle. For those heavy users it has became an unavoidable problem for their life and should start taking actions to prevent further impacts on them.

ACTION: K App is introduced

K app, is a master app.

Once you install it, it hides into your background. It then monitors the time you spend on each app and pop up notifications whenever it wants to restrict you from using your phone too often.

K app also provides a function that it can deletes your app if it detects you are over using a particular app too often. Also, when you are using internet slang words or acronyms it will not allow you to send the message until you fix your grammatical mistakes.

ACTION: Non-Wifi zone

Reach an agreement with restaurant and store that when customers walk in, they are not allow to use any of their Internet devices. People have to communicate with others that around them instead of focusing on their mobile or computer.

Through these actions, we can slowly reduce the influences from text and instant messaging. and also prevent the impacts from Internet acronyms. Bring back the importance of face-to-face interactions.

Self-Reflection_ChiehChung Cheng, s3428170

Still remember the first advocacy/activism/agency class with Soumitri Varadarajan, during the lesson he had completely changed and destroyed the way how we perceive the world. At the time, I was feeling helpless, terrified, shocked and upheavals. Due to the fact that Dr. Soumitri made me realised how ignorant I was in the past 19 years. I became aware that I did not take much attention of what was happening around in the world, even though I thought I did. However, with Dr. Soumitri’s irritation he had drove my emotional reaction deep down in my heart. He had made me came to understand as a designer, I should be more conscious about our surrounding and knowing the current issue in the world.I walked out the first class with depression and sadness.

After the first lesson, I knew this is the class that I want to be in, even though I was completely confused and frustrated at the time. I told myself I not to give up, people does get overwhelm during the process of CHANGE, and I just have to accept the change to happen.

Since I am not a Facebook addict, I found it struggling to share thoughts and articles on Twitter. However, it was introduced to us as a research tool, twitter gave us an insight of what happened in a particular area and also it is a primary source without others interpretation. This made me started to use twitter as a research tool more often than before.

I was introduced with numerous different ideas and thoughts from Liam and Soumitri and also my classmate. Was able to communicate sharing ideas around with my group mates and furthermore gained a lot of discussion experience during the group project.

Overall of the class, I have developed a new way to perceive the world and ideas, which have made me realised the importance of Change. Even though I found the class challenging, however, through out the class I have gained a lot of knowledge that I could not possibly get from other lesson.