Do you think using a smiley face or other emoticon helps you communicate your feelings
when emailing or posting? Why or why not? Or have emoticons become just mere expected
punctuation or adornments? Is it easier for you to communicate your personal feelings
online as opposed to facing to face? Why?
The use of a smile or an emoticon can help in communicating the emotions to the other party that
one is communicating with. However, it is not effective since one is not able to fully identify the
feelings that the other party has. The process of communication will therefore not be as effective
as it should be even after the emoticons are used in the right way. One party will be informed
what the other party is feeling but cannot fully identify with it. In some cases, the emoticons may
be mere punctuations to the people who do not know what they mean, and they do not use it
regularly in the communication process. The emoticons are effective in cases where the people
are communicating know their meanings, and they use them from time to time. Very few people
use them because they are part of a new idea that came up and people are yet to adopt it fully in
their day to day computer-mediated communication. It is effective for me to communicate my
feelings online because there is no one supervising me and the incidences of shyness is arrested
in the process. I can, therefore, talk about the issues that I find hard to address in a face to face
In your experience, are men and women more alike than different nonverbally? Describe
the similarities. What nonverbal behaviors differ the most? Describe in detail.
Men and women are different as far as the non-verbal cues are concerned. The latter has more
non-verbal cues compared to the former. Some of the non-verbal cues such as rolling the eyes
and shaking the waist are unique to the women. A man may be faulted for using such non-verbal
cues. A man rolling his eyes may communicate a different message from what he intended to
communicate originally. However, there are some similarities between the nonverbal cues used
by men and those that are used by the women in the process of communication. For instance,
both men and women often frown when they are angry about an issue. The other similarity is the
fact that they do smile when happy in the communication. The non-verbal cues that differ the
most in the men and women are the way they respond when angry or when they are not fulfilled
with an issue. The ladies are most likely to roll their eyes whereas the men are likely to maintain
their cool or maintain a simple frown with a sarcastic look.
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