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Be careful when deciding what to post online.

It is important to consider that language can be interpreted in a variety of different ways. What you intend for something to mean may not be how others perceive it. This means that language is ambiguous. By posting ambiguous language on the Internet, it is easy to convey a message in a way that we did not intend to.

In relation to ambiguity in language, things we post can also be abstract. Abstract language is often used to avoid certain situations and is not clear or to-the-point. There can be misunderstandings and misconceptions online as a result of someone using abstract language.

Although online communication is easier, faster, and satisfying, it also lacks richness and a sense of community with those you are communicating with. Overall, the quality of online communication is not as good as face-to-face communication. It is missing many nonverbal cues such as tone of voice, pronunciation, and silence that may alter a message’s meaning.


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