- Do you often talk to other people through text?
- Do you like using emojis when sending text messages?
- by accident /bahy AK-si-duhnt/
- mood /mood/
- solve /solv/
- excuse /ik-SKYOOZ/
- master /MAH-ster/
[adverb] – without intending to, or without being intended
My little sister broke the vase by accident.
[noun] – feeling
He looks like he’s always in a bad mood.
[verb] – to find an answer to a problem
Can you help me solve this math problem?
[verb] – to allow to leave
I need to excuse myself from school. I’m not feeling well.
[verb] – to learn how to do something well
It took him years to master the piano.
They’re examples of “digital body language:” it shows the mood and meanings of words we say in texts, on the phone, or in video calls. In a survey of 2,000 employees, 70% pointed to poor digital communication as their main issue working from their homes. So how do we solve this? Leadership expert Erica Dhawan suggests, for example, adding a fist bump emoji to show that everyone agrees to an idea and replacing “Regards.” with “Thanks!” to sound livelier. You should also give a warning such as sending a message in the chatbox if you need to excuse yourself to show respect to the people in the meeting.
It’s difficult to fully explain what we want to say through digital communication. That’s why it’s important to master digital body language to avoid confusion and misunderstandings behind our devices’ screens.
True or False:
- Checking your phone while in a video call is an example of digital body language.
- Leadership expert Erica Dhawan does not recommend the use of emojis in texts.
- Replacing “Regards.” with “Thanks!” sounds livelier, according to Dhawan.
- 70% of the workers in a survey pointed to poor digital communication as their main trouble.
- There is no need to send a message in a video call chatbox if you need to excuse yourself.
Fill in the blanks:
- Let’s _______ this puzzle together.
- I hope to _______ the Japanese language in two years.
- I touched the hot pot _______.
- _______ yourself if you need to. You have a cold.
- You’re in a good _______ today. Did something nice happen?