Communication is defined in the dictionary as the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. The evolution of communication has come a long way from the cave paintings of prehistoric times to the sophisticated technology of smartphones.
Nowadays, we don’t just talk or write, we email, tweet, post, blog, poke, like, share, call, text, chat, video chat, you get the idea. There are so many ways to get in touch with someone that it is impossible to be left alone unless you happen to be cast away on an island that is not traceable by any satellite or radar.
In this modern world of communication, anyone can reach out to anyone at anytime, anywhere, just with a click or a swipe. It is only logical to conclude that no one will feel isolated, but the truth is far from that.
Despite the global reach that advance communication technology has put in our hands, many people are feeling lonelier than ever. You might have over 1,000 friends on your Facebook but how connected are you to each one of them? Almost every posting on social media are calculated to be attention grabbing – posting sexy pics, ridiculous stories, and even funny/inspiration anecdotes. But there is hardly any real connection to the person that sees or clicks like or shares the post.
Then, there is the ever widening generation gap between the younger generation and their parents. It is not an uncommon sight to see most children glued to the screens of their electronic devices almost all the time these days. Having a meal at the table is like eating in solitude. There is no fond exchange of stories or ‘how was your day’ conversations anymore. It is no wonder parents and children can never understand each other.
There are some people who might contradict this view by saying that they make it a point to talk to their kids face to face but it is getting increasingly hard to communicate in such a manner without all types of distractions (most electronic media) getting in the way. Even adults are finding it difficult to have a proper conversation these days as we get sucked into the vortex of electronic means to say what we want to say.
Over reliance in electronic media to do the ‘talking’ is turning many of us into ‘androids’ devoid of feelings or rather we are losing our ability to connect with another human being. Now, I hear some guys already saying that ‘talking’ is a girl thing, but really it’s a human thing. In ‘talking’, I don’t just mean exchanging of words but really mean what you say and making a connection to another person so that they feel something, and that they are not alone in this great big world. There is no electronic device out there that can replace this ‘human’ touch.
So, when was the last time you had a heart-felt conversation with someone you cared about face to face? You might save a life by doing so.