Message - in Communications Science

In Communications Science

More precisely, in communications science, a message is information which is sent from a source to a receiver. Some common definitions include:

  • Any thought or idea expressed in a language, prepared in a form suitable for transmission by any means of communication.
  • An arbitrary amount of information whose beginning and end are defined or implied.

In communication between humans, messages can be verbal or nonverbal:

  • A verbal message is an exchange of information using words. Examples include face-to-face communication, telephone calls, voicemails, etc.
  • A nonverbal message is communicated through actions or behaviors rather than words. Examples include the use of body language and the actions made by an individual idea.

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