Re: it's official, you're a freak

From: Miriam English (
Date: Thu Aug 02 2001 - 23:05:30 MDT

At 01:18 AM 03/08/2001 +0000, Christian Weisgerber wrote:
>Eugene Leitl <> wrote:
> > Kock did a study in which he compared twenty groups performing complex
> > tasks--ten groups interacting by face-to-face, and the other ten via
> > e-mail. The study indicates that the amount of time cognitive effort
> > (measured as "time") required to convey a certain number of ideas via
> > email is between 5 and 15 times than required to convey the same ideas in
> > a face-to-face conversation.
>It depends on the task. It's not that infrequent that I see people
>agree to take a face-to-face discussion to e-mail. The thought of
>orating a diff is absurd.
>As usual, choose the right tool for the right task.

Very true.

There are definitely situations where I prefer to carry on discussions by
email. For example discussing with a client what changes they want in a
program or a virtual world that I am working on for them -- I always try to
encourage that it take place via email as my memory for face-to-face verbal
communication is terrible. Email gives me a list of points to refer to later.


         - Miriam

Q. What is the similarity between an elephant and a grape?
A. They are both purple... except for the elephant.
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