My usual television viewing habits do not include ‘reality’ shows. I think it is impossible for a television show to be ‘reality’; there has to be some script to it. I mean if someone was filming my life as a reality, me with a camera filming my every move, I would most likely act a little different. Anyway, I did become interested in one ‘reality’ show, I will not say which one, but there was some interest on my part to watch it, so I did.
During one episode, the main character, the parent was speaking with a daughter about another daughter being upset with the parent. Apparently the upset daughter sent an email about how upset she was. After the other daughter explained to the parent why this daughter was upset, the parent responded with ‘I should tweet an apology.’ I thought to myself, really? Is this what we are coming to?
People no longer speak to each other, their communication is now digitized. We now communicate through email, text, Facebook, Twitter and yes I guess we could also include WordPress. I have nieces and nephews who are obviously much younger than me who sit side by side texting each other. They do not talk to each other, they text. I really do not know how to feel about all this communication today.
I like talking in person and on the phone. Getting my sons to talk on the phone is not always easy, but it does occasionally happen. I enjoy hearing their voices and listening to what they are saying, it is personal and important. My dad and mom being in their 80s talk on the phone, that is their generation and the generation after me are the email, text, Facebook, Twitter generation. I am in between. I grew up communicating via the phone and I can also communicate via the digital method.
But when it comes to communicating our feelings, the digital method is unable to express the true emotions that go along with that. It is not possible and never will be. The voice not only provides words, it also expresses true feelings, true emotions and the ability to express the true individual.
It saddens me the world is moving toward one of less vocal communication, there is a loss here, a loss that the digital method is unable to encompass. It will be interesting to see where our communication is in 10, 20 years from now. Decades from now, if I am still alive, I wonder if any of us will be talking to each other at all.
Can you image a world where no words are spoken?