Modern Technology is Ruining Communication
Technology meets our ever increasing demands. Want comfort or a bit of an ego boost? Many go onto internet dating sites to see who has ‘liked’ them or winked. Need to chat to someone about how lonely you feel at home? Find a forum with like minded people. With constant up to date information, the internet is fast becoming an addiction for many.
These days, it is so common to see a couple sitting in a restaurant together ignoring each other whilst both on their mobiles.
At home, often – the television is on. One person is on their mobile, the other on their ipad. We are ultimately spending less time communicating directly with each other than ever.
There is even an app for complaining. Instead of speaking directly to staff at an eatery or pub, you can send a message via an app to a central office and they then relay the message on to the restaurant concerned. They phone them to tell them that a customer in their premises is unhappy with the loud music or a certain staff member…whatever next?
We will truly lose the art of communicating if modern technology is continually allowed to take the place of open dialogue.
As a Psychologist, the long term ramifications are very worrying. Will we end up in a society that has a huge social phobia and only feels comfortable typing to each other?
Some clients have even developed a phone phobia and do not want to talk on the phone anymore. Instead they prefer to text and feel anxious at the thought of talking directly to someone over the phone.
Don’t be afraid to chat to others. Strike up conversations with strangers regularly. People are usually more than happy to chat back. Pick up the phone – try the personal touch. It can make all the difference!
Read more: https://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2013/enter-the-2013-cosmopolitan-blog-awards-nominate-now#ixzz2Ub5KrKMa For a bit of fun..try Mandy’s iphone app: Life Wisdom https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/life-wisdom/id392898772?mt=8 More on Mandy: https://www.mandyjane-lifedesign.com The author of this blog lives in Surrey, UK and offers counselling to couples and individuals. All names have been changed to protect the identity of clients. Personal client stories shared in this blog have been published with prior permission from the relevant clients.