Is Social Media Sabotaging Real Communication?

Are we truly communicating when we are hiding behind a false identity over texting or messaging in any way over the digital world? Technology has allowed us to become “more connected” but some suggest that even though we think that we are more connected that in reality we are more disconnected. According to Forbes.com “Studies show that only 7% of communication is based on the written or verbal word. A whopping 93% is based on nonverbal body language. Furthermore the article goes on to suggest that with every new technology, aka social technologies there are positives and potential threats “[i]s the focus now on communicationquantity versus quality? Superficiality versus authenticity?”

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Why the need to over-document our lives?

We all want to remember certain memories from our lives, it is a natural desire to look back at memories and mementos from our past. With readily available access to a camera and the WWW the need to document has almost gotten out of control. Since when did we need to take pictures of food to remember that we had amazingly cheesy pasta? I dug into the article on Ted.com that talked about our “overly-plugged in society.” The couple in this article debated the pros and cons of whether of not they should take their smartphones to their own wedding. After some debate they decided to leave them at home – and they were happy that they did because they actually remembered those special moments without relying on “selfies.” There have also been studies that have shown that taking a picture of a special moment instead of living in the moment you are actually more likely to forget it. Why does our society have this expectation to share and document everything and how has this norm impacted how we communicate.

 

Texting ruining Conversation?

Statistics from the Pew Internet & American Life Project show that, these days, many people with cell phones prefer texting over a phone call. It’s not always young people, though the data indicate that the younger you are, the more likely you are to prefer texting. And that’s creating a communication divide, of sorts – the talkers vs. the texters. Huffington Post

– the article goes on to discuss how teenagers and adults are guilty when it comes to texting one another instead of just talking to them. Is texting really even communicating? Or do we just do it mindlessly to feel that we are connecting? Most of the topics that you text about are not anything of deep purpose, mainly just superficial small talk. 

Experts say there is, of course, nothing wrong with casual conversation and fun between friends. One could argue that the constant banter – scores of texts each day – keep people more connected. The problem, some communication experts say, is that the conversation isn’t particularly deep – and therein lies the problem, says Joseph Grenny, co-author of the book “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High.”

– this article was a good read the helped me find some valuable data and research for my final project. It makes me ponder the question what has our communication system become and what has it done to us?

More Love Letters

Hannah inspired me thought this project that they are people who embrace the importance of written communication and how it has the power to heal someone who has been wounded. Her global organization “More Love Letters” started with an idea that she would write love letters and leave them around her town. The idea blossomed and the response from people who received the letters was beyond what she expected.

“Hannah Brencher’s mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.” Click Here to read her story.

Visit her website. The World Needs More Love Letters. 

Instant Messaging: New Communication tool?

How has Instant Messaging affected/impacted our society? Today with our fast pace life-style we constantly have to be connected. Has this desire and need to constantly be tuned in changed us? Compared to the past when letter writing and having to wait weeks or months to connect with loved ones. Now, connecting with family and friends across the globe is a Skype call away. This article breaks down how this constant connection has affected our social skills and the way that we communicated. Long gone are the days of Shakespeare when it took and entire paragraph to bid goodbye..now we text cul8tr.

Quotes from the article that I will take into consideration for my research

“One might think of Instant Messenger as a new communicative tool because it blends two previously disparate elements of language: it is written communication with no time delay.”

“First, their observation that IM usage allows for the expansion and maintenance of social activity suggests that usage is in itself something of a social activity. Second, their reference to the abundance of expressive tools (emoticons, sounds with characteristic meanings, pictures, font manipulation, and personalized “skins”) indicates that IM usage adds one or more dimensions to the written medium – and that by doing so it transcends the written medium.”

cul8tr- lol- brb-lmao– “Abbrevs: A Shorthand Revolution Although instant messaging is arguably one of the best methods of communication, it does come with a few drawbacks – one of those being a possible deterioration of today’s Standard English.