Another Sign of the Times

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Nothing says “I'm sorry� like a binary code. A recent study conducted by greeting card giant Hallmark reports that 93 percent of women with Internet access use the Web to maintain relationships. The report (an online survey of 726 women) found that more than half of wired women (55 percent) have apologized via e-mail and 40 percent have gone so far as to send their apologies in the form of an e-card. Of course, sometimes sorry just doesn't cut it. Nearly 1 in 10 (11 percent) of the respondents say that they've given a friend or loved one the e-boot online. Ouch!

MEA CULPA

Sixty-eight percent of women with Internet access still make personal visits when making amends, but 16 percent would rather avoid confrontation and say “I'm sorry� by instant message.

Q: WHAT METHODS OF COMMUNICATION HAVE YOU USED TO SAY “I'M SORRY� TO SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU?

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