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Raybeck Comments on E-mail Communication in UPI Article

"Networking: E-mail is the New Telephone"

Professor of Anthropology Douglas Raybeck was quoted in the United Press International article "Networking: E-mail is the new telephone." Raybeck said, "We spent three million years in groups of 25-45 people, and our ability to react to nonverbal and paralinguistic communication of others is central to our ability to receive and send accurately. A phone is a poor substitute for another's presence, and with e-mail you lose even voice tone."

That, of course, has led to the development of emoticons, those smiley faces and other signs that "designate the message intent," said Raybeck. Still, there are studies that suggest that e-mail significantly enhances the likelihood of a message being misinterpreted, he added.


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