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You Look Fabulous! No, I’m Serious!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 08 Oct 2014

October is official Sarcastic Awareness Month, which raises the question, “How sarcastic aware is your workplace?” A few non-sarcastic thoughts on the matter…

1. Although an Israeli research team has created an Algorithm for Sarcasm Identification software program (sounds like something Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory” could use) that which can detect sarcastic sentences in online product reviews with an astoundingly good 77 percent precision, we humans are still very poor at detecting sarcasm in written correspondence. Although, for example, respondents thought they were right 90% of the time, a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found readers only have a 50/50 shot at correctly identifying the tone of an email.

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