There’s often a noticeable difference between the way we write and the way we speak. Writing allows us to think before we type, and that extra step between a thought and its expression often leads to wording that’s more precise—and more formal. But dictation software may be changing that.
According to WIRED, as dictation software on smartphones and computers becomes more sophisticated, more people are using it to draft texts and emails. And although dictation is viewed by many as just a simple time-saver, it may also have an impact on the way we communicate.
A small study in 2003 found that dictation software makes writing more casual. For instance, people are more likely to drop titles like “Mr.” and “Ms.” They may also use less complex language in general, in part because they fear dictation software won’t be able to pick it up. Designer Natalie Roth told WIRED, “I simplify what I’m saying so the computer will understand it. It’s the way I speak to someone when I know that their English is a bit rusty.”
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