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What do you think the most effective form of communication is
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Posted 9/24/10
What do you think the most effective form of communication is and why?

I have been thinking about the evolution of long distance communication. We started out with letters witch allowed us to send each other important information over long distances via mail couriers. These mail couriers later developed into the mail service's we have today. The problem is that there slow it takes time to send a letter and even longer to get a reply and the farther a letter has to travel the longer it takes.

Then the telephone was developed (after the telegram of course) witch allowed instant person to person voice communication across vast distance's. This technological breakthrough later developed into the modern cell phones that we have today. The advancement of this technology allows a person to have a conversation with almost anyone almost anywhere. The cell phone then gave birth to yet another form of communication text messaging allowing fast effective text based communication now one of the most used forms of conversation.

Another widely used form of communication is e-mail which can only be described as the evolved form of the letter. A letter that can be sent without the need for a mail courier. The e-mail is capable of sending large amounts of information as-well as attached files in the form of documents videos pictures etc. The last form of communication is online chat be it a chat room I.R.C.(internet relay chat) or a chat program like MSN or Yahoo messenger. They all work the same way real time online text based communication a highly functional and effective way to have a conversation.

But my question is what one is the most effective way to have a conversation? I think the phone will always win because it's the closest thing to a face to face conversation you can get without actually being there.

And i know i did not include video chat.
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well, it's obvious that it's a phone... if u have a phone and the one u want to communicate with, it wud be too easy to communicate, plus u can bring it anywhere... the only problem is signal..
online chat.... u cannot chat online if u dun have a computer or laptop.. even if u have, u cannot communicate without the internet connection :|.. plus, it's too big to bring with you anywhere...
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A phone
Because you can talk expression
Sometimes when you do online chats, what you say gets misunderstood
because the other person may have read what you wrote wrong.
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I think in my communications class textbook claimed the telephone was more effective, since it includes tonal elements that are missing in the other mediums.
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Phone and then e-mail. Fortunately, with the phone you are able to convey all the emotion related to your conversation without being misunderstood. That has often been the case when e-mailing people. They get the wrong impression (especially will sarcasm...e-mail cannot convey this "humor" unless you "warn" in advance to the comment.) But phone by far is THE MOST EFFECTIVE. And with video phone becoming more and more available (FINALLY!) one doesn't even need to be concerned with being misunderstood as there will also be the physical expression as well as the vocal. THANKS!
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Posted 9/24/10 , edited 9/24/10
online chat?! and phone :3
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Vocal communication! I mean.. face-to-face communication!

Posted 9/24/10
Phone, face to face communication.

I'm surprised the top 3 are still zero, despite people use the internet for main conversations now & days.
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Posted 9/25/10
Phone is the most effective one..that way you can understand better and talk fast and you don't have to type and stuffs.. : p
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Posted 9/25/10 , edited 9/25/10
phone, all the other ones are too tedious or cost extra $
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Posted 9/25/10
Out of those, the phone. But the most effective way is face-to-face.
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Posted 9/26/10
texting because i cant do anything when im talking with somebody on the phone >_>
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Posted 9/26/10
E-Mail
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The phone!
Posted 9/26/10
online chat i dont like talking on the phone
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