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the effect of individual communication

By Giggsyap ·
all the effect

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by DC_GUY In reply to the effect of individual ...

Could you elaborate a bit? I'm not sure what you're asking.

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by Giggsyap In reply to the effect of individual ...

i'm means that "the effects of online communication on individuals"

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okay then..

by maecuff In reply to reply

That certainly clears things up.

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by DC_GUY In reply to the effect of individual ...

Online communication removes ALL non-oral and SOME oral content, greatly reducing the bandwidth.

Non-oral: eye contact, facial expression, gestures, other "body language."

Oral: tone, cadence, stress, speed, accent, pitch, other sonic but non-linguistic communication.

As a result, people will have to learn to expand their ability to express themselves in words -- to convey attitude, meaning, and emotion expressly instead of using instinctive and learned non-linguistic behavior.

Since the internet has opened up lines of communication between people who would previously never have been able to communicate directly, i.e., people from different cultures who do not share the same primary language, it is likely that it will be very difficult for many online conversations to progress at such a high level of linguistic fluency.

As a result, online communication promises to reduce the quality of understanding as people read each other's words but cannot pick up the other types of communication that take place in oral conversations, even by telephone.

"Emoticons" such as :) or ^_^ for "smile" have been created. However, the range of feelings that can be expressed this way is severely limited and will not go a long way toward solving this problem.

**** sapiens being a clever species, it will undoubtedly create better ways of expressing feelings in online writing. Time will tell whether this will succeed in minimizing misunderstandings and allowing the internet to bring people from diverse cultures together.

My prediction is that an online "pidgin" language will develop that is adequate for transacting business but not for deeper personal relationships.

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