Digital Age Communication

Submitted by ub on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 07:04

The smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication. It is a form of visual messaging used to transmit news, signal danger, or gather people to a common area.

However, reaching out using smoke signals, carrier pigeons, the town crier, via an operator or a switchboard is ancient history. Today, the best way to communicate appears to be via Text.

My recent experiment with two near and dear twenty-year-olds in my life has just taught me the following. I called one and texted the other. Although both responded, one took my call and the other replied immediately, the tone of the text appeared to be kinder and gentler than the voice I hear over the telephone.

I’m sharing these tips which you may wish to use that could possibly save you some strange brews or even an emotional bruise.

Don't decide to randomly FaceTime, or SKYPE. If you want to do it, make sure you shoot them a text first.

One word texts like OK and LOL are conversation killers. Don't respond with one word, unless you don't want to talk anymore.

If someone you know comments on a photo or video you posted, you should always respond if you want to receive others.

When anyone communicates using Email, then you are expected to respond using the same Technology.

Don't Like your own posts. Whenever people see that, it makes you appear very weird.

Forget about requesting Likes, for any of your comments or photo shares.

Don’t take hours to respond without an excuse.

You don't actually have to leave a voice message.

If someone asks you multiple questions via text, don't just reply to part of the message.

Don't post dozens of photos of cheezy quotes back to back.

It's OK to text Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, etc. You don't have to call.

Don’t have one-on-one’s in the group-chat, better yet, rarely send group chats. They're mostly annoying and usually avoidable.

Try not to deliver bad news via text or any social media for that matter.

If you don't receive a response, you don't have to get angry. It's not always that big of a deal.

If you have time to post on Snapchat, you have time to respond to text messages.

Additional tips can be found on these web aggregators