It is a world where the most intimate feelings and desires can be portrayed with a single emoticon.
And it seems the fleeting nature of social media and texting is having an impact on the English language as the words we most frequently use are getting shorter.
Helen Newstead, the head of language content at Collins, said its 2016 "words of the year" list has been strongly influenced by the younger generation and not only includes current words like Brexit but also short phrases from social media and a four-letter acronym; Jomo.
Jomo stands for the joy of missing out and is used when one decides to pass up on a party invitation without any fear of missing the event.
It is thought to be the first time an acronym has been included on the Collins list, which has been issued since 2012 and celebrates terms that have enjoyed a significant rise in usage.
The term joins “throw shade”, a verb which describes when someone publicly shows contempt, and mic drop, the act of pretending to drop a microphone after speaking.
The latter, which experts said was being used around 14 times more than last year, has been made particularly popular on Twitter and Facebook with celebrities, politicians and members of the Royal family, including Prince Harry and Barack Obama, miming the gesture in viral videos and GIFs.
Other popular terms identified by Collins include dude food, junk food considered particularly appealing to men, sharenting, the habitual use of social media to share images or news about children, and uberisation, a business model where services are offered directly to a customer, for example via a mobile phone.
2016 | Collins Words of the Year
The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union
Dude food (noun):
Junk food such as hot dogs or burgers, which are considered particularly appealing to men
A concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote well-being
Jomo (noun acronym, joy of missing out):
Pleasure gained from enjoying ones current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun
Mic drop (noun):
A theatrical gesture in which a person drops (or imitates the action of dropping) a hand-held microphone to the ground as the finale to a speech or performance
The habitual use of social media to share news and images of one's children
Snowflake generation (noun):
The young adults of the 2010s, who are viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations
Throw shade (verb):
To make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner
Trumpism (noun): 特朗普主义（名词）
(1) the policies advocated by the US politician Donald Trump, especially those involving a rejection of the current political establishment and the vigorous pursuit of American national interests (2) a controversial or outrageous statement attributed to Donald Trump
The adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology.
The list also carries on last year's theme and reflects that many now strive to live sensible lives, which focus on well-being.
The use of hygge, the concept of creating a cosy and convivial atmosphere, has almost doubled since last year, experts said.
Ms Newstead put the changing nature of language down to social media where space is often restricted and messages are sent in haste.
An analysis of the previous "words of the year" lists by The Telegraph shows the average length of a one-word term has decreased from 9.3 letters per word to 7.3 in the last four years.
"Most of this year's words are used by or related to the generation born towards the end of the last century their contribution to the constant evolution of the English language should not be overlooked", she said.
Ms Newstead said words that end up on the final cut are often ones that encapsulate a social trend.
This year, the experts decided the word of the year was Brexit after it saw an unprecedented upsurge of more than 3,400 percent.
Previous winning words have included binge-watch, photobomb and geek.