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Is a Type of Communication Really Gone?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on March 28, 2018 12:09

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When I was young, communication generally took place face to face. In this technological world in which we live, are we missing something we once had?

There seems to be something that humans have lost, and that is the ability to communicate with people whom they have never met in person. I realize that anyone reading my words will undoubtedly argue that I must be mad. How in the world would anyone suggest that people are afraid to honestly share what they feel? We live in a world of computers and texting, so such a concept appears out of line, and perhaps I need to clarify what I mean.

Of course we send computer messages to one another regarding our problems and concerns. At those times, electronics serve an important purpose. In addition, people write articles in magazines and for the newspapers that speak about the mistakes being made in the political arena, and undoubtedly, they are using computers to do that. What I am referring to is something else.

What I suggest is that humans don't often share their thoughts with specific others, fearful that what they say might be misunderstood. A woman writing to a man she hasn't ever met worries that her words might be taken wrong, and that perhaps she is looking for a date, when in reality her comments are sincere and have no other purpose but to express her earnest feelings. Emotions are not always sent for some nefarious purpose. We forget that being human doesn't have to be divided into two categories. Men and women are people who should feel free to convey a message without being afraid to do so.

When I was young, communicating more often took place face to face. It was a world in which humans actually spoke to one another, and spending time with friends was the way to share our thoughts. Today, people are alone much of the time, and they communicate electronically. Faces are not involved when writing that way. What bothers me is that it prevents us from looking into other eyes, so our motivation often remains hidden.

It's easy to send an e-mail to one's son or daughter sharing our love. Even a husband and wife feel no concerns about suggesting how they might improve their relationship. A note of thanks doesn't seem to create a problem. Be the recipient a man or woman, my experience as a female has been that as long as my reason is clear, I feel no qualms about sending such a communication.

The problem to which I refer is one's reticence to send an emotional response to someone of the opposite sex whom they have never met in person. That's the rub. Writing to a stranger might potentially be a way of finding someone who could spice up our lives if our marriage has gone sour. Then it's the sort of occasion when we hesitate writing, unsure if the recipient might take us wrong. It is conceivably that concern we experience which causes us to hold back and not speak honestly. Perhaps we need to consider that. 

Marlene Geiser

Posted on March 28, 2018 12:09

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