Though people can lie to your face, facial expressions and body cues can give them away. Whereas, the words that flow from a person’s fingertips to the computer screen can hide or shield a wealth of deception, cruelty and even hate due to the safety people feel from anonymity.
Some people are now so disconnected from the real world that they don’t even know that the World Wide Web and their cellular devices have compromised their minds.
Like Star Trek characters, some individuals hold their cellular devices as if Scotty is going to beam them up or they sit behind the desk, like Uhura, in desperate search of communication.
So how do we find balance in this new age of information? Well, time management and education seem to be key. Some people are not computer literate or they have no access to the World Wide Web. Individuals fall through the cracks each day when they don’t have access to information.
For example, I was on the phone with my Great Aunt Myra. She is quick as a whip when it comes to getting information, but on this particular day she started going off about a routine doctor visit. My aunt said, “Oh, he’s a young thing, just sitting behind his computer asking me all kinds of questions.” Well, this doctor must have sat too long because all he gave her was a five-minute exam.
Like my aunt said, “These doctors are young, trying to pay off school bills and they don’t care about me, April.”
The doctor was more engaged with his keyboard than his patient. Like some older Americans, my aunt is not alone when she says that people just don’t care.
However, to care you also have to feel and use common sense. You have to have empathy.
So where does that leave people like you and me? I don’t know, but the one thing I do know is something is wrong with this world.
When people hide behind the machine, pushing buttons all day without much to say, we should all be worried.
I even had a friend who told me about a landlord who only wanted to be reached by email. Just imagine, no verbal communication, just email.
Hopefully, next time you are texting and typing you will keep in mind that people still like to talk and read handwritten letters. Let’s try to use all our senses as we engage in meaningful conversation.
The fact of the matter is that people want to feel again. Words are powerful but with sound they can move mountains.
I can still remember writing my family members handwritten letters. In fact, when my husband was in Iraq I would spray each letter with perfume.
The craftsmanship of a drawn out heart or stamped art may sound silly to you. However, when you’re the receiver, it means the world to know someone truly took the time to think about you.
Words are powerful but without sound or feeling they can also be empty.
Don’t let the simplicity of the Internet and convenience of text typing determine your feelings with a smiley face or like button.
When you have something meaningful to say write it out and let people know how you truly feel.