Because computer mediated communications is language (specifically, written
word) dependant, it is subject to the constraints of low/high context cultural patterns 
. As indicated earlier, the role of language is to carry meaning, and interpretation is an integral
part of culture. Language is one means of establishing context among participants of a particular culture group. In low context cultures, language must be specific and well defined, to provide the contextual definition in which to interpret the communication. On the other hand, in a high context culture language may be vague, lacking the specificity of the low context
culture, as the environment within which communication takes place clarifies the specific meaning of language [36, 41]
Thus language plays a key role in the communication process. A key issue determining the success of computer mediated communication is the encoding/decoding by which that communication is done. Given that computer-mediated communication is a textual (electronic) rather than a visual (face-to-face) medium, meaning must be carried by the language itself rather than relying on the environmental context as the means of communication and/or interpretation. Given this relationship, because the language of communication is English,
low context communication is presumed, thus perhaps disadvantaging those whose cultural background relies on high context communication.