By Kelly Wallace CNN
Editor’s note: Kelly Wallace is CNN’s digital reporter and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. Read her other columns, and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter.Watch “CNN Unique Report: #Being 13: Inside the Secret World of Teens,” an Anderson Cooper documentary, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.
(CNN)– For the sake of this story, I want to invent a brand-new acronym: IAVS, which means, “I am really sorry.”
The reason for the apology originates from a story I composed in 2014, “28 Internet acronyms every parent must know.”
“Would not it interest do a piece on the acronyms that teenagers are making use of across the Web, especially on social networks and apps, to aid parents understand what, in fact, their children are talking about?” I thought.
I spoke with existing lists of Internet acronyms and talked with Web security experts. It appeared fine– until the story published and I got a wildly critical response on social media, frequently with language that I cannot include here.
My Twitter feed exploded with people stating I didn’t understand exactly what I was talking about which teenagers weren’t utilizing the majority of the acronyms on my list.
Right here’s why I’m sorry: For that story, I never talked to the real professionals– teens, themselves.
I’m thankful to have a chance for a re-do, and this time I understand we’ll get it right since our list comes straight from the social networks posts of 13-year-olds around the nation.
As part of a two-year examination, #Being 13: Inside the Secret World of Teens, Anderson Cooper and his “AC360 °” group connected with 200 eighth-graders at eight various schools around the United States. They, together with their moms and dads and schools, gave CNN and 2 child-development professionals permission to evaluate exactly what they were publishing on Instagram, Facebook and twitter over a six-month duration.
Completion outcome: 150,000 posts written by 13-year-olds. They speak volumes about how teens communicate and exactly what impact social networks has on their lives. (The CNN Unique Report “#Being 13: Inside the Secret World of Teens” airs at 9 p.m. ET Monday. Enjoy to learn the outcomes of the very first massive research study of its kind on teenagers and social media.)
So what better method to know exactly what acronyms and other shorthand teens, or in this case, 13-year-olds, use on social media than to scan their posts? Right here are a few of the more popular acronyms and sayings, from the innocent to the racy.
1. OOTD – Clothing of the day
2. KOTD – Kicks of the day– Generally describes sneakers
3. HMU – Strike me up– Typically asking for somebody’s Snapchat username, a phone number to text or for a direct message
4. Smash – I would have sex with you– A woman might publish an intriguing picture and a kid may compose “smash.”
5. Cook session – When one or several teenagers gang up on another kid on social networks
6. TBH – To be sincere– A teen might post a photo of himself or herself and ask for a TBH, generally trying to find positive responses.
7. TBR – To be impolite– While TBH commonly leads to positive responses, TBR is usually followed by a negative response.
8. OOMF – Among my followers– A deceptive method to discuss among their fans without stating their name, such as “OOMF was so hot today.”
9. BAE – Baby– affectionate term for someone’s girlfriend, sweetheart etc.
10. WCW – Lady Crush Wednesday– A lady will certainly publish an image of another girl she believes is very, while individuals will publish pictures of girls they think are hot.
11. MCM – Man Crush Monday– Similar to Lady Crush Wednesday, but including pictures of men
12. BMS – Broke my scale– A way to state they like the method somebody looks
13. RDH – Rate date hate– As in “rate me, would you date me, do you hate me?” A typical response might be “rate 10 date yes hate no” or “10/y/n.”
14. IDK – I have no idea
15. RN – Right now
16. KIK – Another social media app, Kik, that they want to interact on
17. FML – F *** my life
18. AF – As f ***– A teenager might tweet “mad af” or “you seem chill af.”
19. LMAO – Chuckling my ass off
20. S/O or SO – Shout out
21. ILYSM – I like you a lot or I like you so much
22. CWD – Comment when done– Much like TBH, prompting others to comment on their photo of whatever they’re posting
23. LOL – Laugh aloud– Yes, you’ll still find teens using LOL and OMG.
What are some of the other acronyms or phrases teenagers are utilizing on social networks? Share your ideas with Kelly Wallace on Twitter @kellywallacetv or CNN Parents on Facebook.
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