Emotions in the Ether: Strategies for Effective Emotional Expression in Text-Messages

Andrew Albritton 1 *

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This essay offers an exploration of the practice of emotional expression in text-messages, and gives recommendations concerning how best to signify emotion when communicating with text-messages. Emotions can be shown in text-messages in two ways: With words and with orthography. Two potential problems associated with expressing emotions in text-messages are ambiguity of tone and disinhibited communicative behavior. Two of the advantages of expressing emotions in text-messages are ease of contact between interlocutors and the control text-message senders have over their messages. When the two methods of expressing emotion in text-messages are understood, the two problems are avoided, and the two benefits are embraced, text-messages can be more effective tools for sharing emotional meaning– and thus more effective tools for personal connection.


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Article Type: Research Article


Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp. 50-58

Published Online: 26 Apr 2017

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