The paper "The Impact of Social Media on Young Jordanian User’ s Language and Identity" is a good example of a research proposal on media. Language is a very powerful cultural element that helps not only form part of human identity but also facilitates interactions among people. It is through an understanding of language that people are able to interact in any society and any society has a language that they identify with and use for interaction purposes. Language can be acquired naturally or through teaching. Formal teaching has been found to have a profound effect on language development and identities.
Al-Saleem (2011) observed that formal teaching can strengthen or weaken the relationship between languages and identities. For instance, through teaching, the link between natural language and national identity can be strengthened or weakened. Nonetheless, because language and identities are dynamic, Ellison (2007) noted that new languages and identities are acquired by individuals throughout life. This implies that a person can develop a new language at any stage of life through learning and this also has an impact on cultural identity. Young people, in particular, are adept at new language acquisition and this results in a situation where they easily move from one social situation to another, and in the process, they end up becoming plurilingual (Castells, 1997). However, the proliferation of Internet technology as has been witnessed over the last few decades has had a huge impact on language use (Castells, 1996).
By March 2017, there were about 3.7 billion Internet users globally and this number continues to grow by each passing day. The increased propagation of the Internet has resulted in the emergence of social networking sites that have become major platforms for interactions.
Statistically, by the end of 2016, there were about 2.34 billion social media users globally and this number is projected to reach 2.67 billion in 2018 (Statista, 2017). Today, a lot of young people spend most of their time interacting on various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp among others (Hughes & Morrison, 2014).
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