Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Communication: The more you have the less you have
I've made an interesting observation lately. We have so many ways to communicate Facebook messaging, phone, snail mail, email, Twitter, texting, so many in fact that it's becoming hard to communicate with people. What? you say. Doesn't that seem oxymoronic? (My spell check says that's not a word, but I'm going to go with it.) But listen to me. Most people have a preferred method of communication, their habit. I have one friend who said he only does Twitter--email, even texting is so passe for him. If you want to communicate with him you better #bepreparedtotellthewholeworld. My elderly friends all use their home phone, eschew email to perhaps a once a week activity (REALLY!) and don't text. (You mean I have to dial a phone number to reach you?) The younger generation, I have no idea how best to communicate with them. Do I leave a Facebook message? Do you have a Facebook page? Text? Do your parents let you have a phone? No? Text the parents? Call the home? Does anyone respond to their home voicemail messages anymore? Call their parent's cell? I could probably write a letter and they'd get it, but I'm not sure I'd get a response. At any rate, communication has become more complicated because now we have to ask which is their preferred method of communication and hope it aligns with yours.