There are only the words

It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World

How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?

In one word, more effectively. Because online there are only the words, I don’t have to worry about how I sound, about someone misreading my tone of voice or any other non-verbal cue. The chances of a misunderstanding of some kind are significantly reduced. Online I can write about things that are on my mind that I would never be able to talk about in person. Plus I can write or rather type at whatever speed I like and not have to worry about anyone not being able to keep up. Another advantage is that I seem to have less trouble finding the right words. And of course it’s great knowing that I can get my point across without worrying if my words are going to come out in the right order. Nor do I have to worry about someone making fun of how I sound.

It’s so much more freeing online, like I don’t spend as much time worrying about something being misinterpreted or read wrongly. I can just write what I think and not worry about the other person’s response, because at least on here there is no one person because you have no idea who if anyone is going to be reading it. I think that is one of the things that is most appealing to me, the idea that someone may or may not read what you have written, I can’t explain why nor am I sure if I know why, or if that even makes any sense.

I can’t work that one out but I do know why I like the idea of having a blog so much, if you want it to be it can be essentially one long monologue. You don’t have to interact with other people unless you want to, you don’t have to read other people’s blogs unless you choose to. Getting to talk endlessly about what you want to talk about, not having to check to see if anyone is listening, why wouldn’t I like that?

There is one final thing I want to add, e-mail I like very much, it’s my favourite method of communication but I loathe texting and twitter, the reason being I hate anything that limits me to a certain number of characters. I am a person of many words, in the right circumstances that is.

As for the second question, I have no idea, that is way out of my depth.

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