Modern technology has made communication easier than ever -- or rather, miscommunication easier than ever.
Email, snacpchat, facebook, twitter, text ... take your pick. Relaying words and phrases is simple, but it can often be difficult to understand the meaning of what someone is actually trying to convey.
Readers are left to wonder -- what did she mean by that? Was that sarcasm? Sincerity? I really don't know ...
Sometimes we can rely on context, but that too is often vague. Before the digital age things like eye contact, body language, non verbal cues, tone, emphasis etc used to fill in the blanks. Now we have emojis.
Even worse than the electronic mis-communique is the person who opts to go digital for the heavy stuff. Ever have someone breakup with you via text message? Cancel long held plans? Inform you of a death?
No doubt you have.
The modern digital age has arrived, and some very important communication cues now get lost in translation. Do people even talk on the phone anymore? (God I hope so!)
For me, few things are as invigorating as great conversation. When i say great, i mean G-R-E-A-T!
Passions amplified, veins bulging, arms gesticulating ... Two people bringing it full throttle with thoughtful, considerate point counterpoint discussion.
Ahhhh -- those were the days. Now the only passion I hear is the ping of an incoming text and emoji emotion.
I'm still (hopefully) too young to be nostalgic for the good 'ol days. But as we continue to embrace this communication omnipresence, can we at least be mindful of the potential drawbacks?
Sometimes (oftentimes) actually talking to someone really is the best option. Call me and i'll prove it!