A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease.
The series posits that there’s an entire sub-internet devoted to making fun of the Vice-President. Sure, Joe Biden’s popular on The Onion — but that’s because he’s so amiable! When Selina Meyer sings a lengthy, jokey song at a charity dinner, it becomes a “meme” on Tumblr — but it’s hard to imagine any of that site’s teen users sitting through a four-minute video in which an elected official mildly missteps vis-a-vis diplomatic relationships.
I don’t think Salon knows my followers very well.
Then there is voice mail, another impolite way of trying to connect with someone. Think of how long it takes to access your voice mail and listen to one of those long-winded messages. “Hi, this is so-and-so….” In text messages, you don’t have to declare who you are, or even say hello. E-mail, too, leaves something to be desired, with subject lines and “hi” and “bye,” because the communication could happen faster by text. And then there are the worst offenders of all: those who leave a voice mail message and then e-mail to tell you they left a voice mail message.
When I asked comedian Chelsea Peretti why, another frequent self-sharer, she jokingly responded “loneliness and desperation for attention are crucial ingredients.”
The Social Psychology of the Selfie - Mashable
For people in their 20s, GIFs are a relic of their childhood, so it makes sense they would come back as a fashion statement — just like ’70s fashion came back in the ’90s, and the ’90s are coming back around now.