Presentation Title

Is Sentiment Lost in the Digital Age? Psycho-social and physiological responses affect perception in receiving emails versus letters.

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

English

Mentor

Irene McGarrity

Abstract

In this day and age, emails have all but replaced the written letter. Yet despite this takeover receiving a letter is still perceived to be an exciting event that instills joy, while emails provide slight agitation. This process examines the emotional, physiological, psychological, and social differences between letter writing and emails. Not only will the act of writing be examined, but sending and receiving the items as well. Qualitative research will be conducted in order to assess people's perceptions of letters, emails, and other written communication. Through this presentation, concepts of incorporating the brains hardwiring and physical response will be correlated with the emotional responses, while investigating the social stigmas that may have unknowingly skewed our judgement. This presentation will also incorporate aspects of the Thinking and Writing Course that inspired this presentation.

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Is Sentiment Lost in the Digital Age? Psycho-social and physiological responses affect perception in receiving emails versus letters.

In this day and age, emails have all but replaced the written letter. Yet despite this takeover receiving a letter is still perceived to be an exciting event that instills joy, while emails provide slight agitation. This process examines the emotional, physiological, psychological, and social differences between letter writing and emails. Not only will the act of writing be examined, but sending and receiving the items as well. Qualitative research will be conducted in order to assess people's perceptions of letters, emails, and other written communication. Through this presentation, concepts of incorporating the brains hardwiring and physical response will be correlated with the emotional responses, while investigating the social stigmas that may have unknowingly skewed our judgement. This presentation will also incorporate aspects of the Thinking and Writing Course that inspired this presentation.