Age/sex/location

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Age/sex/location (commonly referred to by the shorthand A/S/L, asl or ASL) is an article of Internet slang used in instant messaging programs and in Internet chatrooms. It is used as a question to find out the age, sex, and general location of the person one is talking to.

Variations[edit]

The variation A/S/L/P or ASLP is short for "Age, Sex, Location, and Picture".[1][2]

The variation NASL is short for "Name, Age, Sex, Location".[3]

ASLR is short for "age, sex, location, race". ASLRP is short for "age, sex, location, race, picture".[4]

A/S is short for "Age/Sex". A/S/L/M/H is short for "Age, sex, location, music, hobbies".[4][5]

Criticism[edit]

The fact that users often seek A/S/L information in "initial interactions" implies an "emphasis on the physical body online". 52% of the MOO character descriptions referenced age, sex, location, or physical appearance.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ASL". Computer Hope. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Roche, Steve (2004). Protect Your Children from Internet and Mobile Phone Dangers: An Easy-to-understand Handbook for Worried Parents. Sparkwave. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-9546805-4-1.
  3. ^ "NASL". Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Symens, Becky. Acronyms Dictionary for Texting Chatting E-mail. Rebecca J Symens. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-578-07716-1.
  5. ^ Crystal, David (10 July 2008). Txtng: The Gr8 Db8. OUP Oxford. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-19-162340-0.
  6. ^ Joinson, Adam (12 April 2007). Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology. OUP Oxford. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-19-856800-1.

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