By Ashley Hoffman
June 23, 2016

Finally, there’s a way to confirm if your friends are true friends without speaking to them in person.

The web site Tone Analyzer uses linguistic analysis to determine the tone in texts and e-mails, reports The DeBrief. You simply type up the message from your e-mails or texts on Tone Analyzer, and the site will create a color-coded breakdown of how much joy, fear, anger or sadness that message contains.

A quick test revealed that “sorry can’t make it.” is high on the sadness meter, but throw an exclamation point at the end, and that phrase turned up anger as the most likely emotion, according to the site. It will also size up your own messages for social tendencies. You know, so you can see if your reader might take you for a cool, calm collected friend or your garden variety obnoxious jerk.

Try it out here.

[The Debrief]

Write to Ashley Hoffman at Ashley.Hoffman@time.com.

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