Is face to face communication a thing of the past?
The internet is an incredible tool used by billions of people worldwide. It enables us to communicate easily, and complete a variety of every day tasks, so much so, that we rarely need to speak to a human being these days. Whether it’s ordering food, paying bills, buying our shopping or catching up with friends, you can guarantee that there’s a way do it digitally. I realised how reliant I had become on technology the other day when Just Eat was down. I actually had to call the restaurant and order my food, and all of a sudden I became weirdly anxious about it, like hang on, you mean I have to speak to a human being?
It got me thinking back to how we used to communicate. It’s hard to believe how people lived without smartphones, but we did. Those days you had to get up and go out if you wanted to speak to your friends, and long phone conversations were a luxury. Friendships required effort when I was younger. These days catch ups are replaced with Whats App Groups and birthday cards are replaced by birthday posts on Facebook or Instagram.
And were all guilty of it, especially me. I spend way too much time on social media, and half the time I’m just scrolling aimlessly out of habit. I’ve become so reliant on social media and the internet that I’ve actually forgotten how to have face to face conversations with people. On twitter I’m full of confidence, but in real life I’m so socially awkward and nervous when talking to people. It takes me a while to feel comfortable in conversations. And no one speaks to strangers anymore, do you notice that? were all so suspicious of one another, it’s sad. There will always be a place for digital communication and it’s only going to grow, but let’s not forget the art of good old face to face conversations, don’t let them become a thing of the past.
Keep the conversation going!
Compared to my digital conversations on social media, I rarely have conversations with people, and no small talk doesn’t count. I’m talking, real, deep and meaningful conversations. Face to face communication is also a huge part of mental health recovery, especially for me. Talking therapies are proven to help people get better, and catching up with a friend and letting off some steam can do wonders for your state of mind. That’s why in honour of national conversation week I’m going to make a conscious effort to talk to more people face to face, and have actual meaningful conversations. The aim will be to have at least ONE meaningful conversation a day and at least ONE conversation with a complete stranger. At the end of the week, I’m going to write about the people I’ve talked to, and the conversation’s we’ve had to discover whether face to face communication really is better than digital communication.
So come on let’s get talking! Who will you strike up a conversation with this week? You never know, it could make someone’s day! Do you enjoy face to face communication or do you prefer living in the digital world? Let me know in the comments!
Love, Laura xo