Rumors spread over WhatsApp lead to lynchings and brutal mass murders of ethnic minorities in India. [Timothy McLaughlin/Wired]
The young people don’t use periods in messages. Ending a sentence in a period often expresses anger.
I still write messages with periods, full sentences, and paragraphs. It’s not because I think the other way is necessarily wrong. It’s partly out of habit, partly because I think in paragraphs and I don’t want to hit the other guy with a hail of individual, small texts. One message, one paragraph.
I used to think overuse of exclamation marks was a sign of breathless, stupid enthusiasm. But then I realized they’re just the equivalent of friendly smiles. So I started using exclamation marks generously. More recently, I decided I was just plain overusing them, so now I am trying to go back to using them sparingly.
[Dan Bilefsky – The New York Times]
They’d rather use messaging apps, but have to learn to use email to get along in the adult world, including the workplace, says Christopher Mims at The Wall Street Journal.
Interesting piece. I’d also be interested in learning how those of us from older generations, who used email first, have branched out to use messaging apps.
Messaging isn’t just an alternative to email; its’ an alternative to shouting. Julie and I communicate by iMessage extensively throughout the day, when we’re on other sides of the house.
The chief advantage to email is that it can be either synchronous or asynchronous. Messaging is synchronous – the default is that the recipient sees it right away and an immediate reply is expected. Email can wait if the recipient is busy.