What happened to good old face-to-face communication? The shivers you feel when you look into someone’s eyes before you express your love for them? The fear of rejection? All this, right now, seems to be a practice of the yesteryear. Today, it is all about calls, voice mails, text messages, and on a more romantic note, emails.
Earlier, a research suggested that voicemail was the most intimate way of communicating with someone. A new research now suggests that emails may be the best way to get a date, when compared to other mediums of communication such as phone calls, text or voicemails. “The bottom line is that email is much better when you want to convey some information that you want someone to think about,” said Alan R Dennis, Chair of Internet Systems in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Psychological measures were used on 72 college-aged people and the result was that, “people who sent romantic emails were more emotionally aroused and used stronger and more thoughtful language than those who left voicemails.” Is that why Mr. Big copied all those romantic poems into an email in the first love and the City movie? Is that what we need to do to get dates? You’ve Got Mail, in actuality? The research goes on to say, “When writing romantic emails, senders consciously or subconsciously added more positive content to their messages, perhaps to compensate for the medium’s inability to convey vocal tone.”A voicemail is recorded in one take, whereas users have the time to revisit an email and edit it before sending, ensuring better expression of emotions.
"When writing romantic emails, senders consciously or subconsciously added more positive content to their messages, perhaps to compensate for the medium's inability to convey vocal tone," Dennis and Wells wrote in the paper, "To Email or Not to Email: The Impact of Media on Psychophysiological Responses and Emotional Content in Utilitarian and Romantic Communication."
What has the world come to? Are we getting so used to non-verbal communication that the impact of verbal communication is losing its importance?
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