Family 411: The habit of vocal fry

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A trend that could speak volumes on how the younger generation is perceived by potential employers.

It's called 'Vocal Fry.'

When people make that creaky sound in their voice at the end of a sentence.

Jessica Gould practices her recital number with ease.

It also doesn't take much for Jessica to slip into what she calls a bad habit.

Vocal fry is when you use the lowest register of your voice.

"That leads to this creeky or popcorny sound."

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

"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 says 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."

There are vastly different perspectives on how people who use vocal fry are perceived.

Taylor says 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 take seriously."

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."

Jessica thinks she picked it up from her friends.

"I would say a lot of people probably find it better if you didn't do that."

A habit Jessica says she'll try to leave behind.

Taylor recommends knowing your audience before walking into a job interview and to tread carefully with using vocal fry.

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