I once walked into a room [it was a party] where there were about 10 people sitting around, and they were all looking at their personal devices [not at each other] and their fingers and especially thumbs were frantically moving at lightning speed as they were communicating with other people. But all eyes were glued to their PD screens [giving off that eerie glow] and there was no sound other than the click of the keyboards.
Of course I did not want to pry into anyone else’s business, but I asked these friends if they could satisfy my curiosity and tell me with whom they were communicating?
Most of them were communicating with people who were miles away, but incredibly, two of them were actually communicating with each other in the same room. No sound, no eye contact, heads down ……. it was, to say the least, an interesting experience.
It would appear that whilst advanced technology helps us to instantly communicate with other people all over the world, it has also caused us to actually talk less.
Body language, facial expressions and audio tones speak far louder than words.
As an experiment; if you have a dog, try approaching it in a threatening manner, with anger on your face and in your voice and say loudly ‘I think you are the cutest dog in the whole world and I love you’. If you have a small dog it may run away from you, or at least cower; if you have a large dog be careful because it just might bite you.
You see, dogs are not so much interested in the words you say. It is your body language and the tone of your voice that communicate to them.
And when we communicate with our PDs [personal devices] we have lost the value of body language, facial expressions and vocal tones..
1. We try to compensate by using an IMOJI [translation: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication]
But it’s not the same. NOTHING is the same as actually talking face-to-face.
As I have started my life as a blogger, I do hope my writing will entertain you, and perhaps make you think.
I most certainly don’t want to preach, so if you feel I am doing that, please let me know. In fact, please do let me know what you think anyway!
I closing, let me share with you something that might make you smile.
When I started to write this, a song was working its way through my mind, so I decided to Google the name of the song so I could accurately say who was the singer etc.
The song title was, ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, and to my surprise Google revealed a 2016 song by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez. I have to admit that I have never heard of Charlie Puth before, and I only know of Selena Gomez because [if my memory serves me right – and it doesn’t always these days] Selena is the ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber. Anyway, whilst I really like this song, it was not the one in my mind.
It took a lot more internet digging before the song ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ that was coursing through my brain was revealed; a 1979 song by Cliff Richard – a British pop singer from way back.
So that reveals something about me, the generation I belong to, and a little bit about my musical tastes.
Have a nice day!