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Family 411: A trend that could affect how employers perceive the younger generation

"Vocal frying" is a trend that could speak volumes on how the younger generation is perceived by potential employers. (WSYX)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) - "Vocal frying" is a trend that could speak volumes on how the younger generation is perceived by potential employers.

It happens when people make the creaky sound in their voice at the end of a sentence.

While Jessica Gould practices for her recital number, she explains that it doesn't take much to slip into using this bad habit.

Vocal fry is when people use the lowest register of their voice.

This was a topic of conversation brought up in Elycia Taylor's class. She's a business communication instructor.

"That leads to this creeky, popcorny sound," she said. "All of us use vocal fry. A lot of times we'll use it as we end a sentence to show that we're ending a sentence."

Taylor said some people consciously use vocal fry with the trend standing out among women and the younger generation.

"We have this thing called conversational mimicry. When we're sitting down with someone especially if they are similar to us or someone we'd like to emulate," she said.

There are vastly different perspectives on how people who use vocal fry are perceived. Taylor said while it may not be noticeable to the younger generation, an older audience may think you're lazy and not interested.

"It could be detrimental to you getting the job, getting the promotion, or being taken seriously," Taylor added.

Jessica takes voice lessons to help with her singing in theater productions. "My teacher said that it could hurt your voice over time and that's something I definitely don't want happening," she said.

She said she thinks she picked up vocal frying from her friends.

"I would say a lot of people probably find it better if you didn't do that. And I just did it," Jessica laughed.

Jessica said she will try to leave this habit behind.

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