Why do we have an intrinsic urge to communicate with each other?
It can give us a sense of belonging and allows us to find others with something in common (or not). Sharing of our lives, thoughts and so on, gives us a feeling that what is important to us, may also be important to someone else. We don’t feel so alone. These are only a couple of reasons, I’m sure you can think of a lot more.
However, there are different ways of communicating. In today’s world, with all the social media available at our fingertips, we can communicate with a person on the other side of the world in an instant, yet often we are sitting at a computer, or on our mobile phones ALONE!! While social media is fantastic for a great number of reasons, it is also taking away our ability to communicate on a more personal level, face to face. When we are face to face with someone, not only words are being communicated. We pick up on body language, facial expression, where the eyes are actually focussing, and the tone of the voice of the person we are talking with. When we SMS a message, or share something via the internet, a lot of this extra but relevant communication is lost. We can type a sentence and send it off to someone, and they may completely miss the point, or take our comment the wrong way, simply because they are reading it in a different context to the way it was intended.
I believe it is important every day, to include communication with someone face to face if possible, so you gain the benefits of personal interaction which can make you feel more connected and not so isolated, as well as communicating on a more global level via internet, etc. So, today, these are the ways I am going to communicate:
My 5 Ways of Communicating for Today:
- If you are reading this blog, then you have already discovered my first way of communicating today!
- I am going to call a friend and invite her to join me on a walk along the beach to the end of the spit at Mooloolaba. If we are lucky, we may see the dolphins that regularly visit, or if we are even MORE lucky, we may catch sight of a whale passing by on its way south after spending winter in the warmer waters of the north (I live in Australia, Southern Hemisphere). We then walk back along the nature boardwalk. We will not only be communing with each other, but with nature as well!
- My husband is on Volunteer Coastguard duty training today (A bit of a misnomer really, as it is really marine rescue. They assist people whose boats are in trouble, and bring them back into safe waters.) I will not see him until later in the day, (as long as he doesn’t get called out for an assist) and we can talk about how each other’s day has been.
- I will send a message to my daughter telling her how much I love her. I do this regularly, as she lives in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, about 1800kms away, so I don’t see her too often. She is moving back closer to home in the new year however, and will then only be about 100km away (much better!)
- Tonight I am going to call one of my brothers (I have 3, and they and their partners and families all live in Victoria too), to organise visiting him at home when we drive down to Melbourne for Christmas. This brother lives at Warrnambool, approx. 3 1/2 hours to the south-west of Melbourne, on the south coast of Australia. Nothing between there and the Antarctic! I can’t wait to see all my family at Christmas time!
How will you communicate with someone today?
Let me know!
- Using Social Media (lprandolet.wordpress.com)
- Kim Garst: 5 Ways People Build Successful Relationships on Social Media (huffingtonpost.com)
- My Research Paper Topic On Social Media and Its Correlation with Loneliness (multimediacompfall2013.wordpress.com)
- Behind the scenes: Tourism Victoria talks about its Remote Control Tourist project (tnooz.com) This is a great concept! Make sure you take a look at the video posted on their page.