11-8-18 Are we losing some of our communication skills because of our reliance on texts, emails, tweeting and the like?
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:46PM
Carolyn Tamler

I’ve talked about this subject in earlier Blogs, but I am starting to have real concerns about whether the generations coming after me are losing some basic communication skills.

Have you received an email with several misspellings or grammatical errors?

Have you had numerous text exchanges with someone and finally gave up and made a phone call to resolve something?

Have you received a group email that got sent around several times to several people, including you?

Do you find yourself sometimes struggling to get through a long email, only to reach the end and realize you’re still not sure what it was all about?

Have you sent an email or a text assuming the other person would understand your words and your tone, only to get a response back that didn’t really relate to your intentions?

And let’s not forget about tweeting which has become an accepted form of communication by many, including our President. I always thought of tweeting as a game….can you put your thoughts down in a limited number of characters?

I’m sure you can come up with several other items to put on this list. In our high speed communication age, we rapidly email and text and tweet several times a day. But are we really communicating?  There are some disagreements about how much human communication is non-verbal, but I think that we all can agree that lacking voice intonation, facial expression, body language and simply feeling another person’s energy, words alone will not necessarily convey thoughts accurately.

I have a bit of a silly streak in me (those who know me might say it is more than a bit). I learned a long time ago never to use my silliness in an email unless I was absolutely sure that the person knew me well enough to understand the communication (and I’m not sure it’s wise to send anyone a silly email). Of course, I can add an imogi, but……

Here are a few suggestions to avoid misunderstandings when emailing or texting:

Better yet, whenever possible, call or meet with the person to whom you are sending an email.


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