communication devices...but no communication?

Canada
April 21, 2007 5:20pm CST
Have you ever noticed that with all our modern day technology, we as people have lost the true art of communication? Dont get me wrong I have a cell phone, and much of the technology that everyone else has, but at what point do we put the cell phones and other gadetry aside and speak to each other? I guess my gripe stems from my best friend i love her madly but when i see her it is almost like i need to call her from the other room just to speak with her. Lately i have noticed a decline in acctual communication, we are all so dependant on text messaging, IM, blue tooth, and so on that we are missing the "real" point of communication. You know what i mean... the point of communicating is to be close to gain knowledge, to catch up. however for some of us technology is not makng it any easier to do such things, and yes i know that alot of you are going to say that i should talk to my friend... and i have, this isnt so much about her as i it is about the lack of acctual communicating going on with today's technology. My real point is this every once and a while you need to set a side the high tech and go low tech... You know a sunny afternoon, a cup of coffee and a good friend. some good old talk time, no phones included.
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@healwell (1271)
• Ahmedabad, India
26 Apr 07
I have written just 2/3 days before when responding some one's discussion's regarding this! I have said that exchanging informations about each other is not able to replace the knowing eachother! At the same time I have written as a person of communication, because I am doing that since last 30 years; that direct talk one to one or group to group and individual to individual is the best form of communication and the so called media cant replace that!
• Canada
30 Apr 07
I think you are very right however for many the difference between information exchange and actual knowledge of a person is not separated. by this i mean for some people having information about a person makes them feel, think, and act as if they know that person when in reality the know OF them. To know a person is to sit down and interact, to observe them. Not like you would observe monkeys in a zoo but look for the things that make them different from you the things that draw you to them and even the things that rappel you. People must realize that knowing does not mean liking, you can know a person and be disgusted by them. Media helps confuse this message, media will have you believe that all you need is a high tech toy and "presto" your connected... I like you agree the only true way to communicate is to sit down face to face and communicate.
• United States
22 Apr 07
I totally agree with you that we have lost the art of true communication. I still can't get used to people using the Blue Tooth technology. I swear it looks like people are talking to themselves. Your idea of a sunny afternoon, a cup of coffee and a good friend. some good old talk time, no phones included sounds good, but I'm afraid we are moving rapidly in the other direction. I know people who live on their cell phones text messeging and spend most of their other time in chat rooms. I'm also noticing it in my life. Most of my communications is done via email, telephone, fax and other technological sources. The other day the Black Berry devices went down and people were freaking out. Just think what would happen if everything went down at the same time. The world would go crazy. Lloyd
• United States
22 Apr 07
It's true. It does seem that modern technology has only dulled us to the real world, when I'm sure the original intention was to connect us globally. But it seems that alienation was the outcome. There are now people that literally never leave their homes, instead they spend the day on the phone, IMing, and sending text messages. I've seen people doing ALL THREE AT THE SAME TIME!!!! I asked somebody why they didn't come see me on my birthday and they told me "Well I left you comment on Myspace." I was disgusted. That one statement was all the evidence I needed that let me know that the world has changed and will probably never change back. The technology is speeding too fast. Soon there will be nothing but virtual representations of ourselves walking around talking to other virtual friends, doing our shopping and probably our eating as well, while we sit like vegetables safely at home. So you better get that low tech time in now before it's too late.
• Canada
22 Apr 07
Seriously at what point in time did a myspace comment on your birthday, become consolation for the fact that our friends couldn't take the time to come and VISIT us? I'm with you... I'll be getting my low tech on ASAP! All I can say is that there will never be a virtual me, it will be flesh and blood me or nothing.
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