Monday, February 29, 2016

The ironic twist; is social media making us less social?

I have recently read an article that displays how communication through social media and other technology sources has created a barrier between the communicator and the person being communicated to. The article also stated that the only real method of connection is through authentic communication. The largest portion of communication is based on the nonverbal body language, while only a small percentage is based on the actual written or verbal word itself. This is where communication through social media can become unpredictable.
This is where the superficial comes in. Anyone can conceal their true selves behind the Facebook profile, the Instagram account, etc. People nowadays have the opportunity to create any illusion that they want of themselves because of the missing factor of authentic communication. This is causing our generation to be more connected, and potentially more disconnected, than ever.
With the major component of communication being removed from the idea, we are now sharing information and forming relationships that may be inaccurate forms of the truth. Everyone that communicates through the new age technologies is expected to be honest, genuine, and portray their true selves as best as possible. Technologies have significantly taken over the idea of face-to-face conversation in the workplace. This is mostly due to the influx of the younger generations - Gen Y and Millennials - taking over the workplace. In the next several years when the majority of the work place is nothing but the younger generations, technology will have taken over face to face communication. Workers will more prefer using text messaging, email, and social media to communicate rather than . This will mean that the older generations still in the work force are going to be compelled to adjust to and learn how to properly use newer technologies and services. How will this affect collaboration and relationships in the workplace? It could potentially speed up communication, however causing barriers between the communicators.

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