Unless you see the person’s face, hear their voice and understand the environment, you have no idea the context surrounding the written words.
Misunderstandings, miscommunications and assumptions result, which have an impact on how we view others.
Online Contact Falls Short on Empathy: As a corollary to the context issue, there’s an utter lack of empathy when using technology to interact with others.
“I’m so sorry your ___ died” or “I heard you lost your job; I feel for you.” Where is the compassion and solidarity with loss?
If you’re anything like me, you reach for your smartphone as soon as you wake up to check email and respond to texts.
The rest of the day, you’re constantly on a tablet, mobile device, laptop or desktop for personal or professional use.
Technology Fails to Deliver Essential Personal Touch: Sometimes you just need a hug, a handshake or a pat on the back.
KEY TAKEAWAY: All in all, the impact of technology on human interaction paints a pretty gloomy picture.
But it’s a valuable discussion to have, as it teaches us the value of balancing our offline and online communications with others – personally and professionally.
You’re messaging, browsing, friending, tweeting and sharing.
It’s great that we have the technology to connect with people across the globe instantly, but there’s also a sense of disconnection. Conversations Lack Context: One poster stated a point that almost all of us have felt at one time or another.
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