“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.The world will have a generation of idiots” -Albert Einestein
In this world of constant change, the fundamentals of communication are more important than anything else ever since having a good connection with people can be equated with an asset. Although communication technologies have broken the barriers of space and time which have enabled us to interact 24/7 with more people than ever before, studies show that the easier our means of communication becomes, the less we really communicate with our people. In what way we communicate is obviously more important than how much we communicate.Communicating face to face sends a message before you say a word. People not only hear what you are saying but also they notice the greater meaning of your tone, voice inflection, emotion and also body language. But unfortunately, people are not having these intimate conversations and personal interactions with each other anymore. And this has caused people to become more antisocial than ever before.
As human beings, our only real method of connection is through authentic communication. But we are becoming used to practicing terrible habits. Instead of meeting for a quick cup of coffee, we spend minutes after minutes texting back and forth about a day with friends. Moreover, we emailed our teachers to ask him something about study instead of going and talking with them with great respect. We barely think that emailing can never ever be the equal of meeting with someone physically. Even we do not hesitate to ignore a person who is sitting behind me in a bus or train journey, he is the most important person for me at that time though. We usually ignore the incidence that happened around us since we remain busy responding to a text or something like that. We spend far too much time on Facebook trying to catch up with my 1000+ “friends,” most of whom we rarely see, and whose meaning sadly seems to dispel even more as the sheer number of “connections” we’ve made grows. This is not a terrible dream rather the technological detachment which is becoming today’s reality. And this doesn’t just apply to our friends; it applies to the world around us.
Little by little, communication technology seems to be thinly destroying the meaningfulness of interactions we have with others, disconnecting us from the world around us, and leading to an imminent sense of isolation in today’s society.
Not only has the influx of social media been decreasing the quality of interactions, but it has also drastically changed the amount of relationships that people have in person as well.
There is a trend with people having a lack of interest in talking to one another while in person. And that’s why we are becoming unfamiliar and uncomfortable with regular “in person” interactions. We are developing habits and patterns that create challenges when working with others. These habits get in the way of relationships, careers, teamwork and accountability.
Instead of spending time in person with friends, we just call, text or instant message them. It may seem simpler, but we ultimately end up seeing our friends face to face a lot less. Ten texts can’t even begin to equal an hour spent chatting with a friend over lunch. And a smiley-face emoticon is cute, but it could never replace the ear-splitting grin and smiling eyes of one of your best friends.This is where social media gets dangerous. With all the powerful social technologies at our fingertips, we are more connected – and potentially more disconnected than ever before.Face time is important. Furthermore, we need to see each other.