Isn’t it strange to think that all around us communication is happening and we can’t see it; from a laptop wirelessly sending emails to people around the globe, to a smartphone holding a video conference by mobile data. Communication is now, more often than not, invisible and silent – but are we losing touch with each other because of it?
Long before the invention of the telephone and the postal system, our primary method of communication was by using our voice and speaking to one another. Never would those living in that era imagine that you could have a Skype conversation with somebody in Australia whenever you felt like it – you had to be in the same room, or at least within shouting distance, to be able to converse with friends, family or acquaintances.
How things have changed!
But have they necessarily changed for the better? Now we can sit at dinner and communicate with friends that aren’t in the room via our mobile phone, seeing no irony in the fact that we are sat across from somebody we could be having a physical conversation with.
The evolution and innovation of technology has enabled us to do so much more, and has enhanced the landscape for both individuals and businesses, but at what cost? Now we are all having invisible conversations in a silent room.
Something that is invisible to the eye is complex in its very nature because it is that much more difficult for us to understand something when we cannot look at or touch. Could that be true about conversations too? No longer do we talk to one another, noting the other person’s facial expressions or tone – we have to judge their mood and tone of voice from their virtual reply alone.
It is therefore any wonder that many misjudge a text or email response, taking it one way when it was meant to be said in an entirely different manner. Are we complicating the art of conversation by removing a person’s natural reaction and empathy?
Are we too also forfeiting the joviality of meeting friends for dinner or a drink, instead talking to each other in a virtual gaming world or through WhatsApp? Could we instead replace these invisible conversations with ones that fill the room with sound, where we can see somebody laugh at a joke rather than having to appreciate the emoji that they send?
Whilst the concept of hundreds of methods of communication happening invisibly around us at any time is quite an interesting one, once in a while shouldn’t we step away from this virtual world and instead enter the one that is actively happening around us – in a real world of full colour and volume.