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Symmetry: i think it is interesting In part, this is due to the fact that during a post-hoc reading of roooms log, you read at the pace you usually read any written material - which is QUICKLY, but much too quickly to rolms TextTalk. While online, the lag created by people typing and by thousands of miles of busy internet wires forces the conversation into a slower pace. And so you sit back, read, wait, scan backwards and forwards in the dialogue something you can't do in ftf conversationand think about what to say next.

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Symmetry: i think it is interesting In part, this is due to the cuat that during a post-hoc reading of a log, you read at the pace you usually read any written material - which is QUICKLY, but much too quickly to absorb TextTalk. While online, the lag created by people typing and by thousands of miles of busy internet wires forces the conversation into a slower pace.

And so you sit back, read, wait, scan backwards and forwards in the dialogue something you can't do in ftf conversationand think about what to say next.

To help you out a little bit, I've edited the other log excerpts ppsychology appear in this article. Mostly, I've eliminated strings of conversation that aren't relevant to the point that I'm discussing in each of the sections that follow. My editing is doing the job of those filters that operate automatically almost unconsciously while online. What'dya Mean?

You would think that the lack of ftf cues and the buzzing confusion of TextTalk would result in many misunderstandings. If five different conversations are scrolling before your eyes, it would seem easy to lose track of what was said.

And if you can't hear people's voices, or see their faces, you easily might misinterpret what they mean, wouldn't you? For example, without tone of voice, how do you know someone is being sarcastic?

After searching through my many megabytes of saved logs, I found no juicy examples of people being confused or misunderstanding what other people were saying. Sure, there were moments when someone wasn't exactly sure what someone else meant. Situations involving humor and sarcasm usually were the culprits, because that smile, chuckle, or wry tone of voice were missing.

But these misunderstandings were always cleared psyhology quickly. A quick explanation accompanied by a simple smiley : or winky ; efficiently resolves the confusion. What's fascinating about TextTalk is that people mostly DO understand what others mean, despite the lack of visual and auditory cues.

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Of course, some chat users may like to play games with the potential ambiguity of TextTalk. The excerpt that follows is an interesting example of how the lack of ftf cues can make it difficult to tell whether someone is intending humor or irony, and when they are being honest or sly. The use of the winky ; and smiley : are sometimes used to indicate irony or sarcasm, but in this excerpt the situation is perfectly ambiguous.

The excerpt also illustrates how people play with the ambiguity of identity in chat environments.

The illusive use of the smileys add to this ambiguity. Are they at times being truthful? Without face-to-face visual cues, it's difficult to tell.

Asterisks indicate a psychoogy communication whispering to and from BillyBob: Nuclear: matt: are you MrBig in disguise? BillyBob: MrBig doesn't hang out in disguise

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