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50/50 Chance You Will Misunderstand The Tone Of This Title

February 13th, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

I can’t tell you how many people I’ve known over the years who have had everything from minor disagreements up to major falling-outs via e-mail or text messaging. Every time I’ve told them “Important personal things need to be communicated in person, or at the very least over the phone.” Plain text, and even the HUGE advancement that is rich text (that’s a little font-formatting joke there) can’t accurately convey the emotional and often rational, train-of-thought tones that are a part of everyday speech.

Now there is proof. A recent study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that even though people thought they had correctly interpreted the tone of a message 90% of the time they were only correct 50% of the time.

This is why I never get involved in flame wars.

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