Putting Tone in Text Messages
Inserting Tone into Your TextsTexting has become the most common way to communicate when not face to face. Texting is "fire and forget," and this is its greatest benefit. In other words, you can send a message even if the recipient is not able to receive it immediately, and you can be sure it will be read. However, there is a real danger with texting that must be addressed: no tone is conveyed with the message. As a consequence, it is easy for text messages to be misinterpreted. To fix this, many texters include icons or postambles (e.g., kisses, hugs, and terms like "LOL") to ensure the tone of their texts is understood. Compare the examples below:
A Business Message with Tone Indicators
Can you pay the invoice by tomorrow? I'm far too busy for that. ; ) LOL. Thanks
A Business Message without Tone Indicators
Can you pay the invoice by tomorrow? I'm far too busy for that. Tomorrow is past your deadline.
A Family Message with Tone Indicators
Did you remember to buy some eggs? XO Yes xx
A Family Message without Tone Indicators
Did you remember to buy some eggs? I'm not stupid!
The most common tone indicators are: icons page.
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