An author of an article entitled, Just Call Someone Already on the Huffington Post states the following, “It has been said that love is a function of communication. I believe that to be true. I believe, by extension, that human understanding is a function of communication. And the better human beings understand one another, the higher the level of functioning. The overuse of email as an alternative to a call creates emotional distance. In advertising, it is said that the medium is the message. In this case, the medium is email and the message is “I don’t actually want to talk to you.” There is an unintended lack of civility, humanity and friendliness to it all.” (Pallotta)
Actually, like Dan Pallotta said, taking the time to use your smartphone keypad and dial a person shows that you are putting forth a genuine effort to be nice and really want to engage the person you are dating. Believe it or not, it also shows that you will be a great communicator when things become heavy in the relationship. It is sad and disturbing to think that couples are communicating through email or social media for an audience to see.
I remember watching the Jetson’s cartoon and seeing this television device dropping down and a person on the screen began to speak back and forth with George Jetson. They could see and talk to each other through a flatscreen t.v. monitor! I was utterly fascinated. This was the first time I was ever exposed to a pre-Skype idea. I never knew that we would be doing the same thing in the coming years.
On the other hand, if you are in a long distance relationship, it is a great way to keep the lines of communication open. As I have previously mentioned in another article, there are things like skexting (sexting with Skype) to tide you over. The only issue with that is – screenshots. There are risks with that. A person you are dating can take a screenshot of you and post it on social media. (I know that I often over think things and am a bit paranoid. However, I consider myself to be cautious).
A serious downside to this form of technology is the lack of intimacy and human touch. You may wake up and find yourself caught up with using Skype rather than going out on a date.
Social Media: When I was dating, there was an air of mystery. We looked forward to learning about one another – our likes and dislikes. Now with social media, you already know what each other’s likes and dislikes are. Furthermore, you don’t need to ask about their family or friends because you can see them and what they are about on social media. You can even break-up with one another by changing your relationship status (I am laughing right now). Let us not forget the block button.
Pallotta, Dan. Just Call Someone. The Huffington Post, 2013. Web. 4 February 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-pallotta/email-vs-phone_b_2616608.html