Communication is an essential attribute to survival. This past few of classes have really made me think of how and why communication is so crucial—manly because we depend on people to provide love, comfort and support. Older generations have grown up developing communication skills with people by talking with them mostly in person and over the phone. In today’s generation, we exhibit poor communication skills because were focus in on communicating mainly through texting.
The video that Hannah and KP showed in class on the winky face is the perfect example of what our society’s communication skills have become. Watching the video I couldn’t help but laugh because it portrays exactly what happens in everyday life when you receive a text from someone unexpected. Text messages consists of short, concise ambiguous messages that leave the person on the receiving end sometimes wondering. This video focuses in on using a lower case letter instead of an upper case letter because it a lower case letter emphasizes informality. Also it talks about all the different types of smiley faces and how what the message behind that actually means.
Although our generation still has person-to-person communication, I would not consider it the main mode for communication amongst younger generations and ours. An in person conversation leaves no room for question about what the other person is really saying because of their facial and body expressions often aid to their words. Yet texting does not allow you to follow their facial expressions and therefore the conversation never reaches the same level as in person. What does this mean about future generations communication skills? Will our communication skills ever develop to the same degree as older generations’ skills or will they develop in a different way geared more towards technological advancements? Communication with people is essential to survive so what change needs to happen to further the development of these skills?