Are social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter changing the way girls speak and making them appear more aggressive?
Experts believe the language used by young women is becoming shorter, sharper and more "to the point", with less time to deliberate carefully over their words, The Telegraph reported Saturday.
The change, it is claimed, has resulted in teenage girls seeming curt, straightforward and even aggressive when speaking to one another and adults.
The adapted language is believed to be the result of quicker communication on Facebook, Twitter and in emails. It is more noticeable in girls than boys because they communicate more frequently, it is claimed.
Marie Clair, from the Plain English Campaign, told the Daily Mail newspaper the appearance of curtness is "not intentional", but pointed out the use of the internet meant youngsters had less time to choose their words carefully.