The digital age has fundamentally altered how we communicate – particularly via text. Be it a Tweet, online comment or Facebook post, we’re constrained not only by the limits of language’s written form, but often by a character limit. Seeking to put across as much information in as few words as possible, we’ve changed how language works.
We can all attest: communicating without non-verbal cues such as expression, tone of voice, eye contact and body language can be tricky. A nod, a shrug, a smile, a sigh – take these away and it becomes far harder to put a short message across clearly. Were this not the case, there’d be no need for emojis – the tiny happy/sad/laughing faces we use to make sure our messages’ meaning hits home.Continue Reading..