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that can arise from trying to express oneself with 160 characters or less of text. Several
of the participants mentioned how it can at times be difficult to establish shared
meaning through texting, especially with the tone of a message. For example, one high
school girl from the interviews stated, "I think that 50% of the arguments I have with
friends are that reason. I rarely fight but whenever I do have an argument, someone
will send me a text message and I ’ll be like, well that was rude, and they didn ’t mean
anything by it. I was like, ‘Oh, OK, my bad. ’" These types of misunderstandings can
emerge from simple punctuation use, or in this case the lack of it: "It ’s usually if they
say something and put a period at the end. It ’ll be, like, really abrupt, and you ’ll be, like,
‘Oh, that sounded like they are mad. ’" Participants also discussed how sending a text to the wrong person is a common
problem that can lead to regret. This can happen as a re...
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- Fall '13