Acronyms of today have fast evolved from the ever popular OMG, (Oh my god) and LOL (Laughing out loud), with many people now employing a raft of new abbreviations for their social media conversations.
It makes sense when you think about it; many social media platforms used today are based on short, snappy communication. Why waste all our time typing out full words, when we can hasten our discussions and use acronyms? While many do this everyday as a way to speed up communication with their friends and family, there are those who choose to do so as a tactic to entice victims into ‘coded’ conversations, with not so innocent intent.
For example ‘GNOC’ (Get naked on camera) and ‘PAW’ (Parents are watching) are typical abbreviations used by many groomers and their victims when engaged in sexual and dangerous conversation. It’s important to understand what these new-age abbreviations actually stand for, so that you can spot when a seemingly ‘innocent’ conversation isn’t perhaps what it appears to be and prevent any risks from escalating.
Below are some examples of today’s new-age online abbreviations: