The Communication Technology Conundrum

By 2nd Oct 2019 No Comments

Tech isn’t easy. On one side of it, it enables us to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues all over the world pretty instantly. On the other side, it can cause stress and miscommunication that could have been avoided in a physical conversation.

No matter how complicated communicating with tech can get, it’s the status quo in today’s age. Take your social media behavior for example – how much time do you spend liking, commenting, tweeting and sharing to people that you don’t spend much time with. On top of social media, we’re also texting and using our phones for multiple other things (Sudoku anyone?).

On average, South Africans are on their mobile phones for 3 and a half hours every day, this is according to a study done by Hootsuite and We Are Social. Quite a lot of time to spend with an inanimate object don’t you think?

Evolving and innovative technologies wiggle their ways into our lives because they are presented in a way that is supposed to make our lives easier, that is what progress is, isn’t it?

Think back to the 60’s – landlines and handwritten letters used up time that today is replaced by instant messaging, video calls and easier ways to communicate. And with this growth, technology is ingrained in our daily lives. Constant communication like this can have an impact on our actual lives, and that impact is widespread.

Instead of telephonic interviews, recruiters are having them over text messages or sending through electronic interview type forms, saving them a lot of time and assisting with screening potential candidates. Work focused chat applications, like Microsoft Teams, are changing the way we work with each other, making it easier to communicate and collaborate.

However, this instant communication has proven to have negative effects on human beings. One survey found that “hyper-networking” (spending more than 3 hours communicating via the Internet) positively correlated with depression, drug abuse and isolation amongst teens. Based on this idea, it seems the more you connect online, the more you isolate yourself in the outside world.

In the end, it depends on how you view communication tools in technology and how you manage your time spent with these tools to make sure you don’t fall into any unhealthy habits.

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