Gee and Hayes state, “Most of digital media require reading and writing…Young people's reading and writing is often tied to social activities and interest-driven groups” including passionate affinity spaces.
There are between 500,000 and 1 million words in the English language depending on how you classify words (i.e., include/exclude proper nouns, technical jargon, slang, etc.). The average adult uses between 10,000-60,000. So, spruce up! There are some seriously under-utilized words out there just begging to be used.