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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication

There is an immediate transactional response in most mediated communication. This communication is said to be synchronous, or at the same time.

Asynchronous communication is a message that is not read, heard or seem at the same time as it is transmitted. A good example is a letter. There is delay or even a lack of response.

Synchronous messages are those that are sent and received simultaneously, instantly from when they are sent and received. Feedback is usually also immediate.


Jason S. said...

Most people would probably prefer synchronous messages, can feel more rewarding. I can think of a few case of asynchronous messages that are read ages after being written and still be understood, such as cave paintings and hieroglyphics.

Jenny M said...

Both can be good, however I do see a downside to asynchronous communication. People are not able to comprehend the emotion behind the message, like in a text message for example. Someone could take your text as you being mad when in reality you are not mad at all.

Eric Raba said...

Most people today prefer the immediate response. We seem to be too busy to wait.

Anonymous said...

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I am not fond of either to be honest with you. Sending letters take too long. The only reason I would send a letter to someone is if that was the ONLY means of communication available. I enjoy face to face interactions because of the fact that I can see the nonverbal cues and emotions. I hate trying to guess what someone is truly feeling over a text message. Plus it takes less than 3 seconds to say what you have to say over the phone or in person so why spend 45 minutes texting when you can say what you have to say in a less amount of time?

Anonymous said...

asynchronous gives you time to think about what you want to say, and you dont have to deal with the person face to face

both have their advantages and disadvantages.