by ©Patricia Feager 5/8/2017
In the land of texting is talking becoming a lost art? The forgotten skill?
What impact does texting have on loved ones and friends?
- Body language is missing
- People can be misunderstood
- There could be wrong interpretation
- Absence of voice recognition
- People are oblivious to their surroundings
- Major distractions and lack of concentration
- Communication breakdowns
- Personal touch isn't really personal at all
- Kids can get bored and zone out
If talking is becoming a lost art of effective communication, it may take years before we know if there are harmful effects and future problems linking texting to people problems ranging from loneliness to despair. When it comes to human life, the stakes are high and more people are killed as a result of not paying attention to their surroundings than before Cell Phones became a way of life. But on the flip side, texting has become a more effective tool in emergency situations and we can all think of examples, plus we now know, texting and video is the fastest way to spread news and live feeds go viral even before reporters get to report the news or emergency crews arrive. But is it also causing more anxiety? Fear? And should people take more responsibility for their actions or is every text an assumption or a means of urgency?
Another way to think of communication is to ask the question - Is the message public or private? In business there are many reasons why people need to keep things private but how are our messages being interpreted and how long should a text last? If a text lasts three minutes or longer than perhaps picking up the phone, arranging a meeting, using face-to-face technology without driving or being in a public setting is more appropriate. I'm afraid that ongoing texting results in defective communication that can have detrimental consequences. In any case, it's just an opinion and something to think about. Would love to hear your thoughts too. The response of others to what we think by way of feedback tells us something about our perceptions which in turn has a good way of breaking bad habits.
Patricia's Thought/Tip for the Day
Photos are nice but I miss my beloveds voice that I will never hear again - please TALK while you can.