Loosing our ability to be face-to-face

Communication has been on the top list of issues in organizations for year and a constant challenge for parents. What is making it worse? Technology!

With instant gratification that comes with technology, we are spending less and less time ACTUALLY talking to each other face-to-face. People seem are becoming less interested in knowing someone in person than checking out what’s happening with all their “Facebook” friends, many of whom they don’t even know.

Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, stated that “Technology is rewiring our brains.” The brain needs regular exercise just like the rest of our body. With instant gratification of the Web, we are building new neural connections and letting others disintegrate.

How is this affecting people, and our children?

The constant stimulation provided by the Internet, cell phones, Ipods, texting etc. is making it difficult if not impossible to concentrate for long stretches of time. Projects, reading books, studying for college tests, or anything that just requires focus, is being diminished. Our brains are being rewired to expect stimulation.

Texting has taken over being with and enjoying the company of family and friends. Many people forget that 80% of communication is non-verbal, tone, inflection, body language which is all lost when communication via email or texting. People tend to be bolder when emailing or texting versus if they were looking the person in the eye.

University of Michigan found that college students are 40% lower on empathy than 20 years ago.

We are only witnessing the beginning of human behavior decline due to so much missed opportunities, work ethics are shifting, and our society will continue to decline if we do not know how to speak to a person face-to-face.

What are you seeing in business and at home? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you.

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