About two or three years ago, I started noticing a trend developing. The intimate letter form was making a comeback on social networking sites and mostly written by females. I believe this to be an emotional outlet that many males won’t use.
Example letter post:
I have some complaints (or praise).
Thank (screw ) you!
I started a tally to find a rough ratio, mostly female posts. Since there are too many variables in the scope of what I read from friends and acquaintances, I gave up collecting data. I would have to commit to research in a more controlled setting to produce any credible statistics. But that doesn’t mean I can’t blog about it.
There’s a crapload of arguments for and against the relationship for gender and language. I tend to understand both sides of the fence, but in this case I’m just making simple and human observations.
My debatable opinions about this phenomenon:
- Females tend to preserve language more than males, in this case—written language
- Females preserve a more intimate/emotional relationship with the traditional letter
- Males who publicly use the traditional letter form as a social media post have more emotional public connection than other males
- Males that do choose to display publicly their concerns do so with different emotional devices, e.g. declarations such as “What the f***!’, ’so-and-so sucks’, or ‘such-and-such is awesome!”
I know this is a very broad and possibly insulting generalization, but I think it’s an interesting observation nonetheless.