Saturday, May 12, 2007

Japanese and Americans read faces differently


(Via BoingBoing.net) "A new study is out showing cultural differences in reading cues. Japanese folks focus on people's eyes to get nuanced expression information while Americans tend to focus on the mouth. The most interesting part of all of this is that it plays out in the emoticons that folks use:"

So when Yuki entered graduate school and began communicating with American scholars over e-mail, he was often confused by their use of emoticons such as smiley faces :) and sad faces, or :(.

'It took some time before I finally understood that they were faces,' he wrote in an e-mail. In Japan, emoticons tend to emphasize the eyes, such as the happy face (^_^) and the sad face (;_;). 'After seeing the difference between American and Japanese emoticons, it dawned on me that the faces looked exactly like typical American and Japanese smiles,' he said.

More here.



Hey PC this is just like when we were talking about how you look at peoples mouths when they talk and I look at their eyes!

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8 Comments:

At May 12, 2007, 8:03:00 PM, Blogger Kami... said...

Japanese don't look at others in the eyes when they talk. To do so is seen as an act of aggression... we typically pick a spot on the person's nose. :P

 
At May 12, 2007, 9:14:00 PM, Blogger Kira-neko said...

I bet TL looks somewhere completely different, as do most men.

 
At May 12, 2007, 9:22:00 PM, Blogger Kami... said...

Don't confuse "MEN" with "BOYS".

 
At May 12, 2007, 9:42:00 PM, Blogger Pocky said...

lol kira. I bet you are so right. So TL, tell us where do you look! xD

 
At May 13, 2007, 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Kira-neko said...

All men are boys, when they say mature later, they mean after about 50 years. If they're lucky.

 
At May 13, 2007, 10:36:00 PM, Blogger Kami... said...

ALL?
Don't base ALL Men in what you find in America. It's quite insulting.

 
At May 13, 2007, 10:38:00 PM, Blogger Kami... said...

I just realized that picture is from an "au" ad... Darn KDDI for causing me so much stress and over charging me.

 
At May 14, 2007, 8:20:00 AM, Blogger Rin said...

I always watch the eyes. ^.~

 

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