Welcome to a new decade! Where have you been and where you will go this year. I hope my readers will be able to increase their connectivity to others and opportunities to engage with those in many different venues. As you do so- pause and think about how we are doing so. My question to you is where did talking face-to-face vs. FaceTime go?
Changes Over a Decade in How We Talk:
Absolutely fascinating how it seems that social media has taken over so much of our means of communicating with one another! Take a look at the statistics https://www.oberlo.com/blog/social-media-marketing-statistics and recall that social media only became a phenomenon of the late 1900s. Remember the movie “Social Network” and how famous Mark Zuckerberg became as a result?
Now he has new plans https://time.com/facebook-world-plan/
Cell phone usage has changed us too. At the very bottom of this post, there is a link noting the evolution of this type of communication.
July 14, 2015, the following was published http://attentiv.com/we-dont-speak/ Text messaging leads to abbreviated speech. We can avoid faces by merely looking at a screen. Fewer verbal productions are heard, and the duration of these discussions is shorter. The way in which we “talk” has changed and is different cross-generational groups October 17, 2016, the following was published: https://www.languagetrainers.co.uk/blog/2016/10/17/with-texting-and-social-media-are-people-really-speaking-less/
August 24, 2018, an article was published indicating that ADHD as a diagnosis may not be linked to technology use. I learned that as I was writing this post and was surprised by the finding. https://www.psychcongress.com/article/has-easy-access-technology-increased-rates-adhd Why? I’ve seen it in my travels at work – children looking into computer screens-not acknowledging parents, becoming highly active with the rush of adrenalin-fueled by the use of the screen. Digging further, I found this video https://www.wsj.com/video/silicon-valley-renegades-take-on-tech-obsession/2D3A120C-C88F-4C81-A005-1439E464A507.html