We have so many means to communicate, but are we communicating? In this day and age, there is no reason for losing touch with somebody; the technology just won’t let you. There are basically four modes of communication: face-to-face, video, audio, and text [mailing will fall under that]. Yet it is alarming how we are communicating less today than we did, let’s say 10 years ago. Those of us who are older can attest to this. You don’t need to read a Wall Street Journal article to realize that we have become–as a society–less sociable as a result of technology.
While it is easier now to stay in touch with family and friends through social media and cell phones, we have become disconnected from our surroundings. Think about it: when was the last time you were in a waiting area, and instead of people being on their mobile devices, they were communicating with each other? Or you were on a public transportation, and people were talking to the person sitting next to them? Just think about it. These sights are rarely seen nowadays. About 3 years ago, I was on the bus, and an older lady commented saying, “It’s like the cell phone has become a part of their body, like another organ; they just can’t do without it.” I smiled and nodded because I knew it was the truth. It is true: everyone is on his/her cell phone, not taking the time to connect with the rest of the world. I won’t say the real world, because the technological world is as real as a heart attack.
Sometimes, I just put the phone down and strike a conversation with a stranger. The connection is almost always exceptional, and the result extremely rewarding. Just try it sometimes; it will make your day, but more importantly, you will make another person smile. We are social beings, we need to socialize with those around us. If you are out with friends or family or on a date, put the phone down and have a normal conversation; it’s only right, it’s only fair. I have this rule that I live by: if we are out on a date or what not, I put the phone down because if there is an emergency, I won’t be the first person they call; they would dial 9-1-1. I will find out later.
Try it, take the time to talk to someone next to you. Sometimes, you feel more at ease telling a stranger your secrets, your fears, your problems than you do if you were talking to a familiar face. And you will be amazed by what you learn from that person. There is a lot of people out there who are lonely and just want a lending ear, be that ear to someone today.
There is a vast knowledge out there, and most of it is hidden in people like gold in a minefield.
So, don’t go another day without taking the opportunity to talk to someone other than the people on your phone. Sometimes, a smile is all that is needed. That too is a mode of communication. It requires much less effort, but the feeling is grandiose.
Now, I am not against technology, I think it’s wonderful. But we should not let technology gets in the way of our lives. We all need someone, and sometimes it’s a stranger that makes all the difference.