Does SMS have secrets?
Instead of talking on a cell phone, many people prefer to send a short text message to their interlocutor – SMS. But at the same time, few people know that the word spoken and the word written sometimes have the property to mislead. How? Photo: pixabay.com During the conversation, you can ask something again, if it’s not entirely clear, but you won’t always “ask again” with SMS, as the meaning is perceived unambiguously and without shades.
Need an example? The couple had a big fight. All day they did not call each other and did not send SMS. Toward evening, while at work, the husband receives an SMS of the following content: – Vasya, buy chicken. The husband sends SMS: – Good. Kisses. At the end of this message, he forgets to put a question mark. Waiting for an answer, but it is not. Returning home from work, the husband forgets to go to the supermarket and buy chicken.
At home, the wife looks in bewilderment at his empty hands and asks: “Vasya, where is the chicken?” To which he receives the answer: “So I asked you whether to buy a whole chicken or a part of it, but you did not answer.” He passes into the hall and cannot understand anything – on the table is a bottle of expensive wine, wine glasses, flowers, a snack. What’s the matter? It turns out that the wife took the word “Kisses” in SMS as a sign of reconciliation and set the table in honor of this. Everything turned out with a good ending. But it happens worse.
Kiss? Or is it a whole chicken? Photo: Depositphotos I do not argue, SMS is very convenient. Short text messages on a mobile phone were invented a quarter of a century ago. This was done by employees of the English company Sema Group Telecoms. However, the solution itself suggested itself, since the mobile communication protocol allowed to type and display not only numbers, but also letters.
Now all over the world every day sends more than one billion SMS-ok! Companies that provide us with mobile communications have long figured out how to “squeeze” maximum money out of users when sending and receiving SMS. Everything is based on the logic of our thinking. By inertia, a person writes SMS exactly as he writes on paper. That is, complies with the rules of the language – spaces, punctuation, capital and small letters, indent for a new line.
And it turns out that SMS, in the same sense, becomes longer and takes two or more instead of one screen. This means that the cost of sending increases. As a result, it turns out that sometimes it’s cheaper to call than send a text message. Write, shorten Photo: Depositphotos But the recipient doesn’t care how you wrote the message, given the language rules. Conclusion: you can significantly reduce the length of the written, if you write only in small letters, without spaces and punctuation marks. In this case, the meaning will remain clear.
Surprisingly, the fact is that the vast majority of mobile users do not pay any attention to punctuation marks inside the text, but react negatively to the exclamation mark at the end, perceiving it as a shout. If you want to be correctly understood, never put an exclamation mark at the end of the SMS. Another important point is the point.
It is not needed at the end of the SMS, as the recipient perceives it as its intention not to return to the subject of the message. As a result of this misunderstanding, instead of an answer in essence, you will receive a question about the prospect of communication further on the topic covered. It is not necessary to combine two texts with different meanings in one message. The recipient will respond to only one text, and the second will ignore. As a rule, this happens.