As time continues to march forward and as we continue to feel a sense of enlightenment, our communication continues to fail. From face to face, texting, emails and various social media platforms, we are speaking less and less with one another. More often than not, we continue to speak at each other, never really connecting. Albeit, it seems, that when people do speak to one another it usually concerns materials or gossip. We have all the tools to communicate, probably more than we need, yet we never seem to really express or convey what we attempt.
We do not listen so how can we respond properly. On the other hand, though, how honest are we with ourselves? This directly translates to how accepting we are of others honesty. Can we accept criticism? Do we receive enough criticism in our communication efforts, or do we not criticize in hopes to avoid criticism? The different inflections, voice patterns and speech, I think we are too wound up in our own thoughts and day to day life to truly hear someone out, when given the opportunity. Thumbs up or thumbs down, pictures, emojis and graphics interchange format (GIFs) are used as slang and quite possibly could lead to the detriment of our abilities in expression. Although easier to respond with while texting and driving, I don’t know if these simple visual representations capture and relay what we are saying.
The complexity of our conversations has gone down as well. Sure, every now and again, a deep conversation is had, yet they seem to be farther and farther apart from happening nowadays. Why else would true friendship be so highly desired if not to finally communicate with someone?
We need to listen if we desire to be heard out. The more we listen the better we can conversate. We are not imbeciles, yet the more we cut ourselves off from the world, the less we will have to say. If you cannot speak for yourself, then you have no voice in turn you will not be considered a contributing member.