A few interesting articles I've come across recently with this being a hot topic and an unfortunate trend... People today choose to communicate via text, email or social media instead of doing things the "old fashioned" way where people communicated by speaking to each other face to face or via telephone. This has been a growing problem with families, relationships and even on the business level.
Now I'm in my late 20's and yes even though I grew up around technology and social media, I do have to admit that I am guilty of texting to talk to my colleagues, friends and family. However, I did get over this quick after being bombarded by constant text messages from my sister or other friends who prefer not to pick up the phone. One day, I decided to give each of them a final message and told them to pick up the phone and call me because it's very unprofessional and text messages or Facebook posts / Tweets can and will lead to miscommunication and before you know it...you'll be in a big argument with someone that you didn't mean to start an argument with...The worst part...the argument will be over something stupid over what one person said in a text or post on social media. It's ridiculous how our times have changed and the one thing we are lacking today is the very basic principles of communication.
When going to family dinners over the years, I've seen kids on their mobile devices: cellphones, tablets. Meanwhile..this is time with grandma, grandpa, dad, mom, or any other family member. This is your time with this person in the family on a very important day. Your friend's text message or your friend's Facebook post and Tweet can wait !
Since I'm still on the topic of communication, here are some steps to encourage kids to communicate better and build their social skills that'll help them when they enter the real world once they enter the real world and find jobs on their own from Amy McCready, Today Moms Contributtor , " Don't let technology rob kids of social skills "
When I get together with people either for a meeting or for lunch and dinner, my #1 rule is to tell them to put away their phones and don't check for any messages unless it is very important and by important, that being it is a life and death situation and it requires immediate response.
So please everyone..if you are having dinner with family, friends or colleagues..as a courtesy, put away your phones and tablets... You would not like it if the tables were turned where you are trying to make conversation with someone and they didn't pay attention to you will you? Of course not..