Does texting or blogging remove the emotional side of interacting with each other? In other words, if someone is crying you would not know.
Writing with text alone undoubtedly changes communication dynamics, since at a minimum the non-verbal language normally present in face-to-face communication is absent. People do find ways to compensate for this, however, and one way people show emotion when typing is by USING ALL CAPS. This is considered “shouting” in an email or text message, and is generally poor form. The English WikiPedia article for “all caps” addresses this a little, and also provides a link to the related “Netiquette” page.
An excellent new television series by PBS Frontline started on February 2, 2010, titled “Digital Nation.” This question of emotion in writing and the ways digital communication is perhaps changing social skills as well as norms is addressed in several of the online video clips, including this one titled, “Rewiring Young Brains.” It’s important to recognize, when viewing this clip, that the speaker does not cite research, he just basically says, “I’m worried about this.”
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On this day..
- Why Our Family Ditched AT&T and Joined T-Mobile: Huge Monthly Savings - 2014
- A Vision for Interactive Writing, Student Publishing, and Digital Portfolios in the Classroom - 2013
- Where to Start with Technology Integration in Oklahoma? - 2012
- We've Only Just Begun (to share our voices with media in Yukon Schools) - 2012
- Piano Scales? There's an App For That! - 2011
- Creative Commons and Flickr - 2010
- Any interactive website is poison - 2010
- Poll Results: How much would you / your school pay for PollEverywhere? - 2010
- The Night Before Valentine's Day - 2010
- New WordPress design thanks to Lightword - 2010