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Emotions can be sensed over Internet chat

October 31, 2008

NEW YORK: Instant messaging, a form of online communication that allows real-time interaction through computers or mobile phones, has nowadays become popular with more and more young people due to its speed and ease of use.

Now, a new study has claimed that just as with talking face-to-face, the emotions communicated via instant messaging (IM) are also contagious.

Researchers at Cornell University in New York, led by Prof Jeffrey Hancock, have based their findings on an analysis of communication of 44 pairs of volunteers recruited for the study, the 'New Scientist' reported.

via Emotions communicated via instant messaging contagious

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