Are there disadvantages of communication when using technology? I believe so.
Whatever happened to picking up the telephone and talking with people?
It still works. Actively talking with another person when possible enhances your interpersonal skills and offers such a personal touch. But my college kids are texting, Facebook, twittering and voxing away. I just feel like the personal touch gets lost in the translation when using some of these tools. To answer my own question, Yes there are disadvantages of communication when using technology.
I am ole school I guess and I am willing to change with the times but more often than not the personal touch is lost when you are texting. You can’t text emotion only words. The average text messages are written in run on sentences or just phrases with abbreviated words, letters and symbols.
“C u 2morrow”., “Ttyl” (talk to you later) ,” lol” (laugh out loud), “on my way”, “just leaving”, :-), are just to name a few messages that I have received myself. I am trying to change with the times.
Posting on Facebook allows me to stay in touch with my family and friends that are near and far.
There is a disadvantage of communication when using technology resulting in a lack of personal contact.
Facebook post: “Khem just twisted his hair” along with a brief description of how and why he did it. A picture is included with this post of his hair. This may not be as impersonal but it still lacks their personal contact of seeing Khem in person.
I tweet: “Khem twisted his own hair” but I don’t add the additional description. You have to be careful in tweeting because you are only allowed so many words in your tweet. This also lacks personal contact.
When my daughter was home for Christmas last year; she sent her boyfriend a voxed message all the time. I asked her did she have her phone on speaker because I could hear his voice and I thought they were having a conversation. She told me “no I am using Voxer”. I found out Voxer is a one way voice message like a walkie-talkie. A person sends you a voice message and you respond back at your convenience. I asked, “why not just talk on the phone?” She goes, “I don’t want to talk to him yet because I am angry with him.”
I asked her “how does he know you are angry, did you tell him?” She says “no, I just don’t message him back as quick”; another disadvantage of communication when using technology.
She could have easily just picked up the phone and told him why she was angry and settled the situation.
Why send a voice message when you can just talk to the person? I guess I am just behind the times. A continuous voice message does allow you to give a personal account of your conversation; in a walkie-talkie kind of way while waiting on him to respond, like talking to yourself.
In 2012, we have come a long way in communication. But the good ole fashion way of communicating should not be totally discarded as far as I am concerned. Technology allows you to message more people at once and on a larger scale but the disadvantage of communication when using technology lacks the personal touch that only personal contact can deliver.
Yes, I am aware Skype is one piece of technology that allows you to still have personal contact because it allows you not only to see but also talk with the person. The disadvantage to this communication when using technology is the other person must have a Skype account with a user phone or computer.