50/50 Chance of Ascertaining Tone of an Email

Recent research in the Journal of Personality and Social Psych shows that people have about a 50/50 chance of correctly ascertaining the tone of someone’s email, even though they think they’re right at picking up the tone 90% of the time. In fact, how we interpret the tone of an email is contingent on a number of things like what kind of mood we’re in at the time. This is somewhat related to cyber dis-inhibition, too.

(Hat tip: Bruno Giussani)

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