The difference between oral and written communication can be enumerated as under:



1.  Ratio:-


According to a rough estimate, about 75% of total communication is oral whereas the rest is


2.  Data Safety:-


Data and information are safe in written communication while most of information is forgotten in oral communication.


3.  Nature of message:-


Written communication is used when the message is complex and oral communication is used for simple message.

4.  Legal Aspect:-


From legal point of view, oral communication is least reliable and written communication is much more reliable. For example, an oral promise may not be challenged in a court in general but a written promise can be challenged.

5.  Flow of information:-


Information can be transferred within a short period of time in oral communication but it takes more time in written communication.

6.  Non verbal facilities:-


Oral communication can be supported by non verbal facilities like gestures, postures etc. but such a support is impossible in written communication.

7.  Grammar & Accent:-


Oral communication required consideration for accent and pronunciation whereas written communication needs correct grammar and spelling.

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