Call me old school if you want, but I love a phone call (not a text), a meeting for coffee (not an email) or hand shake (not an emoji). Now don’t get me wrong, I love my technology and I love the ease and quickness it can provide, but as the mother of teenagers, I am seeing a terrible trend – the inability to talk to one another face to face!
Forbes posted an article with 4 times never to send an email. They are:
- When you are mad.
- When you are rebuking or criticizing.
- If there is a chance your words can be misunderstood.
- When you are canceling or apologizing.
I think it goes even deeper than that. It is so easy for words to get lost in translation. It is the whole idea of human relations. I crave human interaction and I think most people do. But watching my kids sit at table and text each other when they can just talk instead bothers me. Or if you send a message and if someone doesn’t want to answer you (even though your iMessage said they read it), they don’t have to.
When you sit across the table from someone and look them in the eye it can tell you a lot about that person. Body language and facial expression can tell a story before a person even opens their mouth. Even if you are on the phone talking to someone, the inflection in their voice can do the same.
If you have been guilty of hiding behind the screen because it is easy, take some time to think about it. How could a phone call or a face-to-face meeting positively impact you or the person you are conversing with? Technology is great, but human interaction is better. Don’t hide anymore!
Be happy. Be healthy. And don’t hide behind your screen.