It’s been reported that texting and cell phone use has created a society and culture of young people who have difficulty concentrating and focusing on what is relevant to an immediate situation because they are convinced they can multi-task effectively. While a person can be an effective multi-tasker, it is the unusual, rather than the norm for must-tasking to be an effective and efficient means to handle things, especially in the business world.
Additionally, the use of our cell phones (and yes, I have one) has created a different way we relate to each other. Because it is an easier and a less emotional means to communicate, our world has chosen to correspond via a way where body language is not visible. A person has the means to think, type, read and edit what they have written so the recipient doesn’t always know the true context of what is really meant to be shared.
This can be both beneficial and detrimental. Recently a friend of mine sent word via face book, of an event that happened in their lives. The event did not include family, but seemed rather a deliberate act of exclusion. To make matters worse, my friend’s family wasn’t even tagged in the post and just happened to see it. Needless to say, it created all sorts of problems.
The fact that important messages are just placed “out there” for anyone and all to see without regard to those who would consider it important, makes it easy for misunderstandings to happen. It seems a way to not encounter any “hostility,” yet creates it, in spite of it!
On the flip side, when there is reason for celebration, the same thing can happen. If a message is sent via cell phone, face book or other media, it is impossible to truly demonstrate the excitement! I had an event happen this last weekend and after shouting with excitement to my husband, I immediately tried to phone other members of my family. Of course, as the time zone would have it, I couldn’t reach them! So I sent a text message knowing they would get the message later. But in so doing, it “lost” something….. mostly my exuberance!
Cell phones are critical, given our world today. It’s funny, I’ve wondered how on earth we ever functioned effectively without one, all those years before they were invented. You knew the person you were waiting on, if they were delayed, would come home eventually! We had a single “land line” and that was enough. We couldn’t make calls from our car, from the grocery store when we weren’t sure we were getting the right product, or anything like that!
So cell phones (especially since we can take pictures, too!) are an absolute blessing--- most of the time! But I challenge you to take a moment, when you are physically with other people to put your phone away and enjoy a “live conversation” with them. Watch facial expressions and other body language. It’s something you can not experience via text!