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Surprise Surprise, Sarcasm Is Hard to Communicate Via Email: Agree?

Fef 2012/08/08 20:00:00
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Shocking news: Five studies (really, it took five studies?) determined that people communicate sarcasm better in person rather than email. Do you limit your sarcasm in email? Do you notate it with smiley face icons?

BLOGS.DISCOVERMAGAZINE.COM reports:
Without the benefit of paralinguistic cues such as gesture, emphasis, and intonation, it can be difficult to convey emotion and tone over electronic mail (e-mail).
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  • strawberry 2012/08/09 00:57:54
    Who would have thought?
    strawberry
    +1
    Sarcasm is sarcasm no matter how you communicate it. The message gets through, if you are good at it. Actually in person people try to be sarcastic but words often are more funny, dumb, or silly, than sarcastic. When emailing you take more time to think.
  • Ginny 2012/08/09 00:31:58
    Who would have thought?
    Ginny
    +1
    Boy am I shocked.
    boy shocked
  • 3188419 2012/08/09 00:23:36
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/08/08 23:43:31
    Who would have thought?
    Christopher Kirchen
    Kind of, if the person you're emailing has no sense of your sarcasm.
  • El Prez 2012/08/08 23:20:03
    Who would have thought?
    El Prez
    Many people can't communicate in person let alone via a written medium. That is why texting is so stupid, like writing notes all day, instead of talking, that makes sense????
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/08/08 22:44:57
    Who would have thought?
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +2
    I agree. That's what emoticons are for. :) Or a disclaimer.

    I've learned to limit it some, and I rarely explain it to some wanker who doesn't have enough sense of humor to put in a teaspoon. If you don't get irony, you don't, and it's a waste of time to try to explain it.

    5 studies? Were 4 of them conducted in person? Lol.
  • foy49 2012/08/08 22:42:17 (edited)
    Who would have thought?
    foy49
    +2
    Being an extremely sarcastic person , I'm well aware of how under developed E - mailers sense of irony and sarcasm is. (sarc.)
  • strawberry foy49 2012/08/09 01:01:45
    strawberry
    +1
    But by putting sarcasm in writing done properly can have more of a long lasting punch.! When people get angry at each other, trying to be sarcastic often comes out more dumb than sarcastic. Writing gives one more time to think.
  • Azazyel... foy49 2012/08/09 01:38:47
    Azazyel's Dragon
    +1
    We sarcastic SOB's (or B's) are truly the blame for society's woes...but, hey...who could live without us? :-)
  • Cat 2012/08/08 22:00:30
    Who would have thought?
    Cat
    Ya think?
  • Billy the kid 2012/08/08 21:58:26
    That took me by complete surprise
    Billy the kid
  • S123 2012/08/08 21:53:13 (edited)
    That took me by complete surprise
    S123
  • Skylaris Alanis 2012/08/08 21:18:41
  • Kurbdog Skylari... 2012/08/09 03:47:26
  • Jericho 2012/08/08 21:09:39
    That took me by complete surprise
    Jericho
    +2
    (sarcasm) which is why I always label it when I do it, lol
  • Huki68 2012/08/08 20:43:34
    That took me by complete surprise
    Huki68
    +2
    Hahahahahahaha...

    Translation is very hard even in your own language.. what could mean to me maybe for someone is not...LOL
  • Gregaj7 2012/08/08 20:34:00
    Who would have thought?
    Gregaj7
    +2
    Done properly, it should be no problem. :)
  • strawberry Gregaj7 2012/08/09 01:05:15
    strawberry
    +1
    I agree with you. People often get angry not thinking what they are verbally blurting out to the other person. Instead of being sarcastic they are really name calling. Real sarcasm takes some thinking, which thinking first then writing provides.
  • Gregaj7 strawberry 2012/08/09 06:07:25
  • Bronar 2012/08/08 20:15:28
    Who would have thought?
    Bronar
    No way!
  • merlinskiss 2012/08/08 20:11:56
    That took me by complete surprise
    merlinskiss
    +1
    That's because the sixth survey one showed 83.33% of the surveyors were eloquently challenged... ;-)
  • Karasu the Neko Vampire 2012/08/08 20:03:29
    Who would have thought?
    Karasu the Neko Vampire
    +1
    Nooooo...really?
  • ☆ElenaDiamond☆ 2012/08/08 20:00:33
    That took me by complete surprise
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    No.... really? I never would've guessed.
  • Outta' Here. 2012/08/08 19:49:55
  • Stardust 2012/08/08 19:49:23
  • 3052457 2012/08/08 19:48:41
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/08/08 19:47:22
    Who would have thought?
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +2
    Text is hard to read emotion from......
  • Transquesta 2012/08/08 19:44:47
    Who would have thought?
    Transquesta
    +2
    I've lost count of how many e-spats I've gotten into because people couldn't appreciate my wry wit.
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/08/08 19:41:00
    Who would have thought?
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    +1
    I've had it happen to me a number of times here on sh. Now I issue a (sarcasm alert).
  • moomoof 2012/08/08 19:40:33

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