With 44% fearing the rise is slang is affecting their ability to communicate with Gen-Z altogether
A recent study has revealed that 68% of British parents believe it is the responsibility of educators to inform them of their children’s use of slang terms and new words entering the youths’ vocabulary, including those that are potentially offensive or vulgar.
The data from mobile phone case retailer, Tirita, discovered that 4 in 10 of the same group admit they struggle to communicate with the younger generation because of the prevalence of slang used by Gen-Z.
What Does Finna Mean?
When given a list of commonly used Gen-Z slang terms a mere 5% could identify the entire given list and 17% couldn’t define any of the words, ‘finna’ and ‘snacc’ being the least recognisable.
However, 6 in 10 felt confident that they knew what ‘Lit’ meant and 4 in 10 could explain the meaning of ‘salty’.
This causes a language barrier between the generations, which is being highlighted as a concern for parents who are away from their children for large portions of the week while they are at school.
Nichola Harling, a parent of a 15-year-old daughter, based in Leicestershire says: “Teachers are around our children when we can’t be, meaning they are exposed to the language that spreads amongst this age group in a setting where they are comfortable using it away from parents.
“It is important that if words have negative connotations and could adversely affect the mental health of our children or others, we are informed by those around them where it is being used.”
So, Who’s to Blame?
According to the study the majority (31%) of respondents blame social media for the rise and spread of the colloquial language used by those under the age of 22 years old.
Coming in at a close second was pop culture (TV, Music and Film) with 29% pointing the finger that these mediums.
Credit to https://www.tiritacase.com