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As a continuation of Joel Stein’s 2013 article describing millennials as the ‘Me, me, me’ generation; it is time we addressed the relationship between our use of language (millennial language) and the self-obsessed identity it reflects.                Language, and its evolution has been heavily documented throughout history and is a relevant indicator of the times and happenings of the world. For example, language used between homo sapiens from 30,000 to 100,000 years ago was composed of mainly gestures and vocalisation as the main focus was survival rather than conveying complex thought. This brings me upon my point, that developments within language is completely normal. Millennials and growth of social networking has symbiotically evolved the English language as we know it. “BAE”, “LMAO” and “TBT” were non-existent and continue to remain somewhat unbeknownst to the generations preceding. Sure, the rise of social media and texting culture naturally elicits the use of shortened -more casual- language. Or perhaps eliminating the need for written language at all as emojis have now populated everyone’s smartphone. However, this poses the question of: are we promoting the use of incorrect English as well as digital narcissism? As a millenial myself who still believes in the importance of using English ‘correctly’, it seems our usage of language depict us as pathologically narcissistic and lacking intelligence. Sorry, to translate to my fellow millennials, I mean our language makes us come across as ‘basic’.  With our extensive reach that social media now permits, we have achieved the purpose of language development throughout the years – to communicate complex thought – with the ease and accessibility of online message deliverance. Yet, our thoughts and ideas seemed to have shortened and oversimplified. For example: “I cannot comprehend what this article is trying to say” has become “I can’t even”. Another example, Mae West’s sentiment, “you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” has been modernised by millennials to simply be: “YOLO” (often in the accompaniment of a hashtag). Our trendy slang goes hand in hand with the culture we created that glamourise it. Notice how the words are often used in reference to comment on someone’s outer appearance (since this is all that is revealed online) such as ‘on fleek’, ‘slay’ and ‘yas gurl’. I guarantee if you open up your Instagram app and scour through your news feed and find someone who has posted a selfie (this should take you all of a minute), you will notice these words being tossed around in conversation. The language I have presented and many more phrases help to perpetuate a distorted reality for millennials, a fantasy that they buy into the most. Why have the words that we have adapted and modified to create our own generational language generally pertain to applauding online exhibitionism and self-obsession? What does this say about our society and our values, if this is what we choose to articulate through our linguistic expression? I may be at risk of being called ‘unprogressive’ and ‘small-minded’, but our language reflects us as a community and we all know what the previous generations think about how we have modified the English language. The most common argument that I receive from my generation is that older people simply do not understand and are unwilling to be open-minded about the natural changes of language. However it is only a natural reaction as we have evolved a language that they no longer follow along with, and the linguistic rifts present a consequence of being unable to communicate with us in a manner that we accept/find interesting anymore. Especially considering the fact that our language comprises of words revealing our need to be recognised by others and that we over-exaggerate every little thing. We cannot deny the facts presented to us, that yes, narcissism levels rise along with our use of social media. The correlation is furthered by the language that we use online and in our everyday lives. Also as a side note, when did verbally pronouncing acronyms as one word become a thing? For example, I met someone at school and he constantly insults his peers, he ended it by saying ‘lmao’ to soften the blow of his comment and make the entire ordeal seem more casual. I was more taken aback by how stupid he sounded, rather than how stupid his comment was. Sheila Kohler from ‘Psychology Today’ believes that language we use is so intertwined with our identity/ Thus the way that we have done it is certainly telling of the fact that our values are wrapped around the persona we decide to promote and project on the internet. I am simply suggesting a healthier direction in how language is used, and not solely to gain recognition for ourselves. Perhaps the times are changing and I am purely an individual unwilling to let go of the past, but if my fellow millennials are happy with the language we have created and naturally use in our current life – as well as the connotations of excessive self-love that the terms bring about –  then I suppose I have nothing more to say as our language and our identity are so closely bound.Therefore, I end this open letter with a note to my fellow millennials. To those who participate in constructing and using a generational language that mainly aims to express how you are overly self-obsessed (yes there is something as being too self-obsessed, can you believe it?), and you don’t find an issue with this. I rest my case.