Saturday, August 10, 2013

Communication: Will it stay the same?

Diana here:

Communication is a lot like crossing a bridge.
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As more and more technology is introduced along with ways to share interests, likes and pins I wonder will communication as we know it, die?

Will there be a new kind of bridge to cross?

St. Louis Bridge

Will the next amazing career be for those who can make eye contact the entire time they are meeting with someone face to face? No texting, emailing or instagraming, just words and body language used?

Sure, on google+hangouts, skype and facetime you get some of that but not all. You can see if feet are tapping or thinking about a getaway. Are fingers texting someone else out of view?  Then there is often a delay resulting in talking over each other and then attempting to recreate what you’ve said.

What we have now is good, grandmothers can read stories to their grandchildren even though they are in another state, we can call other countries for very little cost, we can ‘shop’ Pinterest with our best friends and share our finds. All of this is good and it’s still about crossing the bridge.

I think we are more cautious with our thoughts and feelings using some of these methods. We guard our written words from fear of being misunderstood or offending someone. I am guilty of that. I don’t cross a bridge because I don’t want to be ‘unfriended’ or ‘yelled at in all caps’ because I believe something.

Do you think we should dismiss the old ways of communicating? Are you willing to have fewer one on one visits, give up sending letters or thank you notes in the mail and forget about girlfriend shopping trips?

"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11

Weigh in with your thoughts.


  1. No, no I do not. We are losing the beauty of touch, as well. I have struggled with the ramifications of being touch deprived and with our increasing dependence on computer generated social media connections, I can only see this becoming a greater problem and deeper loss.

    1. Tina,
      I hadn't even considered the touch aspect of this. You're right! We are losing that skill. Just thinking of how teachers are no longer able to comfort a child if they are hurt.
      Thanks for bring up this point.

  2. Cyber communication and technology will never take the place of face-to-face. Tina, i think you're right. We need that human touch!