"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we
communicate." So said English chemist and writer Jason Priestly, oh, about 200
years before the iPhone and the rise
of social media.
What would Priestly make of the way we communicate today? Does the explosion
of communications tools make us better communicators? Or does the more-is-more
nature of modern communication actually devalue the information we transmit?
When India and Indiana
are a Skype Call Away
We've blogged extensively about how the global nature of business is
aided and abetted by technology. Global teams wouldn't be possible without the
Internet and a host of tech tools. Technology also makes it easier to work as a
location independent worker, free from the tethers of cubicles
and commutes. Social media allows us to both keep up with the lives of friends
across country and to promote our personal brand
I enjoy being in great Facebook touch with old friends whom I might
otherwise be out of the loop with altogether. But what happens when you "like"
the post about a friend's promotion. Does it stop you from picking up the phone
to say congrats in person? Is technology helping or hurting the way you
Texting Rather than Talking
We've also posted about the downside of technology. How the 24/7
nature of social media can lead to the loss of privacy or how the long arm of technology's reach can turn a beach chair into a
boardroom. Technology certainly has its downside but has it eroded the quality
of our communications?
We all know e-mails and texts can be misread, misconstrued. I'd argue
that they can be misused; too often face-to-face or in person communication is
overlooked. I'd also make the case that the increase in our communication
bandwidth can verge on "oversharing."
When its all-news-all-the-time, it's hard to separate the proverbial
wheat from the chaff.
New and creative communications tools are a never-ending parade as
this fascinating article makes clear: Evolution of
Communication: From Email to Twitter and Beyond. At the end of the day, how well
or poorly we communicate is governed less by the technology we use, then the
way we use that technology.
Let's strive to use it mindfully.
What do you think
about modern communication skills? Are we more or less communicative? Share
your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter
by Candie Harris
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