Sunday

Faceless communication..

My friend Cheyenne posted a great article about facebook that I just had to share. The original article can be found here.. It makes you think right?
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Facebook has become a means of communication for many people. And when I say a means, what I should say is it is there main form of communicating.
According to the article Faceless Communication, “Facebook encourages loveless interaction. Despite its name, it’s essentially faceless communication. That carries great dangers. Here are a few of the more obvious risks: Social convention means that if we’re in a group of people and one or more are being left out of the conversation we make every effort to include them. Online we don’t feel the same obligation to help those who are a little on the periphery. Whilst we’d never deliberately blank someone in real life, there’s no real issue in the virtual world. We just leave their advances unaddressed or we never even bother to include them. We can be misunderstood because human communication involves more than words. I remember being told that a ‘senior saint’ had tried to discourage a young church leader from his habit of writing strongly worded letters. His reason was, ‘letters can’t smile’. His point was simply that much of our communication is non verbal and we can soften what’s said or strengthen what’s said through the intonation of our voice, our mannerisms, the eyes and perhaps all manner of things that might be termed ‘body language’. We can’t do virtual body language. Not even those small yellow characters [emotions?] that smile and wink and so on can complement our communication to the degree that a raised eyebrow or a shrug of the shoulders can manage. We need to be aware that, perhaps inadvertently, we can be neglectful of what might be described as ’social graces’. In all our social interaction we must love one another. I know that we know that, I just think it’s harder to do online.”
All of these are great examples and reasons why Facebook is NOT a means of primary communication. There is no human interaction involved; it slowly makes you less sensitive to how interaction really is. Talking about serious issues via Facebook chat hardly seems justifiable. We must be careful about how far we take our social interaction through media outlets - it can be taken too far for sure. When I am on Facebook and have 5 chats open and my phone is going off every other second, I take a step back and try to remind myself that I can pick up the phone. Instead of trying to juggle five different forms of technology, I can log off Facebook and call anyone I need to speak to. Facebook just makes communication easier – it’s not better, just easier.

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