Communication is changing; we must remember the basics

April 6, 2015

Scribe Staff
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LOL, BTW I retweeted you this morning.

That phrase is nonsense to any generation before ours. It could have had something to do with a bird, perhaps.

Communication is hard. But it is becoming even harder for our generation.

With the advent of new technology, and the speed with which it changes, our generation has adapted to a style and speed of communication that is unprecedented in world history.

We can get in touch with anyone in the world instantaneously with the touch of a few buttons. We can even see their face if we utilize Skype or other similar programs.

It’s a unique communication power that no one has ever had before.

And it has made us lazy.

The ability to do the simple “old-fashioned” communication is lost among the noise.

Our generation can’t leave good phone messages. We stutter and don’t get our point across.

Our emails look like texts: short and abrupt, not courteous and often littered with misspellings.

Our cover letters and resumes are painful to read or even look at, often thrown away by employers before they even read them.

Finally, and most debilitating to this generation, talking in person can be painfully awkward. Because we are so used to communication not in person, we have forgotten how to do it well in person.

We will get together to hang out, but then proceed to pull out our phones and talk to people who aren’t there.

What we have, instead of normal communication, is pseudo-communication. We have communication styles that have become commonplace through technology, and they now influence our more “traditional” methods.

We have Twitter. The hashtag has even entered our verbal communication, becoming part of how we speak to each other.
We have texting. The shortened versions of words or phrases that we use for texting are now used in verbal and other written communication. LOL.

We have the concept of social media itself, where “liking,” “retweeting,” and “sharing” have become part of how we speak.

It’s not good for us. It leaves a generational gap (that is large enough already in other areas) in communication. Most importantly for our generation that currently spends a lot of time looking for jobs, it leaves a gap between those looking to be hired and those doing the hiring.

We are all children of technology and the different types of communication it has brought us. And while we utilize it, we also have the right to bemoan it and the problems it brings us if we wish.

We have to remember how to do all that “old school” communication also, because after all, communication is a two-way street.