There you are sitting there minding your own business, checking out Facebook or getting caught up on some emails in your inbox, and you find yourself being yelled at by friends and family members. You wonder to yourself, “I wonder what happened to them to get them so upset…”
Then you realize that they’re not really yelling at you. They’re just typing in all caps.
Let’s try a little experiment out. I want you to read something.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes on him, will not perish but have eternal life.
There you go. Nice and easy. Not in your face and angry. Now try reading this one.
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES ON HIM, WILL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
Didn’t that cause you to read it differently THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT ALL CAPS THAT JUST MAKE IT SEEM LIKE YOU ARE YELLING AT ME.
Throw an exclamation point or two in there and it really adds to the effect.
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT BUTTER!!!!
or how about this:
I’M PRAYING THAT YOU WILL GET THROUGH SURGERY OK! GOD BLESS!!!
The interesting thing is that when I write (you know, actually write with pen and paper) I write in all caps. I am a block letter writer. It just feels more natural to me. But when I type, if I want to type all caps, I have to physically set the caps lock or hold the shift key down to do so. I have to decide that the content is so important that it must be screamed from the page.
And what about my hand writing style. When I write all caps, DO I come off as angry? When I see it occur online and when I read the content, I really do read it in my head with a raised voice and higher blood pressure. Perhaps I do need to tone down my hand writing because of this.
So let’s try to stop all the anger. There’s a time and place for typing in all caps…
YOU KNOW WHEN YOU REALLY ARE ANGRY!