It’s never been easy to communicate clearly online (or in person, for that matter). Often a statement meant as a compliment can be taken the wrong way. Or someone can mistake a statement made in jest for a serious statement. Now with tools like Twitter and texting limiting the total number of characters in a message, it may be even more difficult to convey nuance. Does everyone read these messages the same way? Or are some of us better-prepared to understand the nuances of online communication?
I think I may have come up with a (non-scientific) way to shed some light on those questions. You’ll see a series of short statements you should imagine were sent to you on Twitter (or via email, if you’re not familiar with Twitter). Your job is to decide whether you think the sender was complimenting or insulting you. Some of the statements should be quite obvious, but others may be more subtle — your job is to cut through the rhetoric and guess what the sender was really thinking.
As usual, the survey is brief, with just 13 short statements and a few additional questions. It should only take a few minutes to complete. You have until Thursday, May 28 to respond. There is no limit on the number of responses. Don’t forget to come back next Friday for the results!