Is interpersonal communication overrated?

Check out this article, which will be aired on ABCNEWS tonight. As most of you know, many students and young people are moving their conversations, relationships, and overall communication to social networks, chatrooms, and instant messenger. I have to admit that I have jumped on the bandwagon and I’m quite pleased with the ease and accessibility it offers. It makes everything easier and faster. Yet…there is one drawback…and I see it in my students. They take their bullying to the internet and their ability to interact in person declines, because they don’t do it enough. Students HAVE to go to school and interact, so the affect isn’t as extreme as those adults who can do everything from home. This article explains that companies are saving enormous amounts of money by ridding themselves of buildings and allowing their employees to get their work done through teleconference calls and the internet. Please don’t misunderstand me…I’m not saying we should destroy the internet and forget about these new tools. I am merely throwing out the thought that we can’t forget about how God made us: to be relational beings and to develop the connections between others. Will this new way of getting work done negatively affect our relationships or will it allow us to be on mini-vacations from mon-thurs at home while having a conference call on Friday morning? I’m excited to see where it goes and how our world accepts these changes…I’m ready!

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2 thoughts on “Is interpersonal communication overrated?

  1. I used to think message board/AIM convos were destroying communication skills in our society (and to a degree, they are), but I’ve changed my tune here recently. I’m pretty sure I nurtured my writing ability from an early age by posting meaningless crap on Pearl Jam and Dallas Cowboys message boards. I think I did okay with that. It’s all about how you use it, I guess. People misused face-to-face communication and people will misuse the internet. Some people just flat out suck.

    Anyhow, the bullying thing? Send em on over to ol Uncle Parch. I can straighten these kids out.

  2. Yeah- I can hear what you’re sayin. I can see the benefits: typing ability, computer knowledge, problem solving, word usage, and critical thinking. Yet- my point is that people have to have a balance. You can’t put all your time into one basket- especially a computer screen! Thanks for your thoughts buddy…and I’ll hold the Uncle Parch threat over them next time!

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