Is he what I think he is? Stereotypes among people has always been an issue ever since. But what does it really mean? It was always believed that stereotyping is about how people cluster themselves in specific groups that share similar traits and who are prone to behave the same way. These classifications may be good or bad, depending mostly on how the person takes it. There are a number of different stereotypes out there. Some of the most common are the popular ones, rich kids, nerds, goth, jock, preppy, skater, hippie, cheerleaders and the like.We have even seen them in different movies and always had the same story — discrimination among those stereotypes. These groups can mostly be seen in other countries especially in the United States.

But did you know, here in the Philippines, they are making another stereotype? They call it the Jejemons. What is a Jejemon anyway? Over the past month, Jejemons have become so big that they have already been featured on Yahoo, Saksi, Pinoy Big Brother and wherever. But what is their style? And how can you spot or tell someone if he/she is a jejemon?It has been actually defined in many ways already. One of the most common and obvious reason is that when a person tyPeZ lYKeS tH1s pfOuh.. whether you are rich or poor, young or old, ifpK eU tYpE L1K3 tHiS pfOuh.

. eU are already considered as a Jejemon. For instance, they say “e0wSsZz pOwhhZz mUsZtAhH nUah pOwhHzz kEowHsz? ” and when translated means “Hello. How are you? ”. In a more formal way, Jejemon is term used for a certain categorized kind of people. They type JEJEJE when they want to express laughing in written words, which happen more than often.This is why we call them jejes.

They are mainly the species of humanity that types in this captivatingly unusual manner, as if they’re like a chimp that’s dancing on the keyboard and then hit “enter”. This is actually caused by their very low IQ. It was also said that they already destroyed the morale of language in any typing media such as the internet and text messaging. They want to change every word they say and type with their own so-called JEJE alphabet. They have this strange relationship with the caps lock button and uses “Z” when it’s eally is “S”. Other than that, they use the number 3 as their letter “E”, 1 as their “I”, 4 as their “A” and 9 as their letter “G”. Another way to spot a Jejemon is according on how they dress up.

They have this what they call jejecap that is a rainbow, netted cap and they usually don’t wear it but rather, just put it above their heads. Another distinct feature is that they use the upside down peace sign when taking pictures, which they call the jejepose. According to a lot of people, Jejemons are already taking over most of the social networking sites.

It all started with Friendster, then came Multiply, Myspace and now, even Facebook. People who aren’t Jejemons are really pissed at them actually. Nearly all of the people in this generation have an extreme dislike on Jejemons. Well it is because of how ridiculously they type or write their words and yet, definitely complicated to understand. They said that the Jejemons are ruining the image of all the Filipinos.

The fact that they are increasing in number does this mean that people are illiterate when it comes to English? This growing popularity is for sure putting all Filipinos into bad light.I’ve always asked myself, do they even know if they are a Jejemon? Do they have any idea that we think this way against them? I know that what we are doing is wrong. We can’t easily judge them right away especially to our fellow Filipino citizens. Stereotyping someone is even bad in the first place. So why continue doing it? I hope I can answer that but apparently, I don’t even know the answer myself. Though, we still need to show some respect to them, whoever they may be.

I hope this stereotyping among people will soon enough change just like what the movie “High School Musical” has showed.


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