The changes in technology over the years has made life a whole lot easier, but at what cost?
Today in 2019, you can imessage, email, whatsapp and a ton of other ways that you can catch up with someone, arrange a night out or just have a ‘chat’.
The problem with this however is that we lose the tone of voice, we lose emotion (and yes I know you can add in smiley faces etc) and things can get misconstrued. Being sarcastic by text message is usually not a good idea.
With many apps now we can order food to our door, order a cab, in fact we can pretty much do anything. We can do our banking, food shopping, book foreign holidays, buy train tickets, contact schools, make doctor’s appointments, make hotel and restaurant reservations all without dealing with another human being.
For me, I try to not use these things too much, I will ring a hotel directly and usually manage to get a better deal. I will call my friends and hear their voice and enjoy those relationships properly.
A lot of the time convenience comes with a higher price and that price is not just in monetary value. This technology is taking us away from interacting in real time with people, we now have simply have no need to speak to people and if we want to we can hide away. This in itself breeds loneliness and anxiety when then being faced with any verbal challenges. Communication skills for everyone is important and our young ones are growing up finding these skills more difficult to achieve.
So I feel less is more, yes use those apps to get voucher code discounts, text to say you are running late but do not let them take over real conversation and experiences. Phone your mum instead of texting ‘hope you are doing ok’. Save a few quid booking that hotel directly and call into the doctors and get to know the staff. The world can be scary, but it is also filled with wonderful places and people and I think sometimes our noses are too close to our iphones to see them.
Mandy Taylor - www.mumatronatwork.com