“What better way to share your thoughts and feelings with a friend or colleague than through the simple act of a handwritten letter.” – Anonymous
People say that social media is transforming the world. It is for certain – in many ways for the betterment of society and in others to our detriment. It is said that all communication can be broken down into three elements, body language, voice (intonation, volume) and the word written or spoken. Studies show that the breakdown of effective communication is reflected as 55% body language, 38% voice and only 7% the spoken or written word.
Given that email, texting and voicemail seem to be overwhelming us today at work and at home through often cryptic, 140 character missives and emoticons and other such one-way communication methods, our discourse has become at best an elusive, fragmented, cliff-noted version of what needs to be said. We have tried to leverage the social media to save time but in my opinion have become increasingly ineffective and inefficient in how we connect with one another.
Make no mistake, I use social media but only as a tool to stimulate and engage eyeball to eyeball, face to face communication. I have found that in matters of significant importance, intimate expression, legal dispute or the exchange of ideas, the social media is less of an advantage and more of a burden.
Nothing will ever take the place of simple human relatedness through the lively art of conversation.
“Two monologues do not make a dialogue.” – Jeff Daley