Tech Instead of Talk

Every so often we have a good morning show debate which goes on behind the scenes of course. This morning, a portion took place on camera and more happened when we went to commercial break.

The origin of our discussion was Ashley DiParlo’s “Plugged In” story about e-mail addiction and how to “ween” ( I hope I spelled that right ) yourself of fot it. Yes, I’m one of those people who loves e-mail, text and the like … and I don’t have a Blackberry.

The discussion between myself and Kelly is what is proper when it comes to communication. If you don’t want to talk to someone, is a brief acknowledgement via e-mail or text appropriate? Should you text or e-mail while you are engaged in a face-to-face conversation?

Demetrius, Kelly Ashley and I: Discussing social etiquette in the age of technology

The bottom line in all this discussion was that we have lost the ability to communicate as people and become more and more dependant on the ease of technology to talk with one another. I’m guilty of it as well. I make most of my phone calls in my car because I’m a captive audience there and it gives me something to do while I’m driving. I admit I’m sometimes barley paying attention when I am talking an driving.

Now, with the help of texting and various blackberry models, we no longer even have to converse with people with our voice. I have had detailed conversations with people exclusively via texting. I have in-depth discussions with friends back and forth using exclusively e-mail. It’s to the point that I prefer the written word to the spoken word … and I grew up in the days before e-mail even existed.

The point here is that while we have used technology to get information to people faster, we are quickly losing our grasp on the art of communication. This should shock many of you when you realize it’s coming from me: a professionally-trained broadcaster.

I’m trying to put the blackberry down and back away and get back to talking with people again. I enjoy actually talking to people at parties and gatherings, not sitting by my phone waiting for the next text message. I encourage you to do the same and rediscover the joy of conversation. And don’t worry, you don’t have go into what Ashley called “e-mail bankruptcy”. No need to erase your entire e-mail account in order to discover the joys to human contact.

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