I recently read an article talking about how connected we are today. We always have the means to connect with anyone at anytime for anything. We can call, text, FaceTime, Skype, BBM, MSN, and email. We can send a message via FaceBook, LinkedIn, or send out a Tweet. We can share through MySpace, StumbleUpon, LockersGrab, Google+ or Reddit. Need to know anything about about anything or anybody? We can use Google, Yahoo, AskJeeves, Wikipedia, Excite or Netscape. Frankly, we have a superabundance, a plethora if you will, of choices to decide how and when to connect to others and to the world around us.
Yet, how connected are we?
The article went on to say, “We’ve never been so connected and dis-connected at the same time, as we are today”.
It got me thinking. Are we moving away from knowing how to really, truly connect? Are new generations going to be hindered in the future on how to have and enjoy conversations, read body language, facial expressions, develop and understand social nuances, learn ways to express ourselves to each other through face to face dialogue?
As someone who works in business and relationship development, I can say with certainty that there is no technology that can replace real face time. When I can sit down, enjoy a coffee, share stories, discuss business or personal challenges, engage in real time, face to face conversation, there is nothing that can replace that connection value for me. By being in the presence of another human being, within their space, it is only at those times, where I have established or deepened my personal, emotional connection and relationship with that person across the table from me.
Does it take more time? Yes. Does it take more investment on my part to give of myself emotionally to make those connections? Yes. Is it far richer? Yes.
I find emails and all the other options to reach out to others, are wonderful for follow ups and moving things along but when it comes to developing deeper and more meaningful relationships, in my opinion, there aren’t any short cuts.
Real time is the real thing.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
“We’ve never been so connected and dis-connected at the same time, as we are today”.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.