Are we Advised Face-to- face communication?!
Are we advised face to face communication? asking me that question will not make me hesitate to say that “it is not necessary”, another way to put that more properly is that I strongly disagree with any statement boasting the fact that face-to face communication is better than other types of communication, especially those which are taken place via the Internet like for example E-mails, chat or social media communication.
Many people are voicing concerns about the threat of new media ways of communication over face-to-face communication without obviously paying attention to how important these types of communication are. Take for example social media like Facebook and Twitter, one should never underestimate or downgrade their role in uniting voices and bringing as many voices to the ground where finally can be heard. Many political and social demonstrations were prearranged via these social new types of communication; moreover, what makes these types of communication a way much better than face-to-face communication is the fact that they gather people with a common interest, while attending a political assembly, which depends heavily on face-to-face communication might include people with clashing points of view.
Another reason which makes me have no doubt that these ways of communication can serve humanity and contribute to one's comfort is the fact that they make life easier. E- mails for instance, a company manager can save time and even money just by a simple announce calling for a meeting through sharing the e-mail with the company's staff inside and outside the establishment .
As for students, they can also have a large benefit from the use of the mew ways of communication. I mean at the day present, with the spring out of many on-line courses that many schools and universities are taking into account, students will have a broad chance to learn and enlarge their knowledge through this easy way of learning and teaching.
As for teachers, they can have a better understanding to their students by giving on-line lessons to them, because they may be able to take each student's question into consideration while in crowded school rooms like such we have in Morocco, the matter might be little bit difficult.
One more thing which makes face-to-face communication no better than communication via the net or phones is the fact communicating with a foreigner through the net or even a phone call can make both sides avoid misunderstanding then mis-communication. I refer here to body language. Body language is for sure one inseparable element in any face-to-face communication, and as our cultures differ form one to another, our body language do differ as well. So, it is always likely that a communicator might fall in the trap of innocently misusing his body language, which may lead to creating a gap while communicating with someone who is culturally different than him, meanwhile, a phone call between two company mangers can make both sides comfortable while communicating and not worrying about their body language. I might sound to ignore or overlook the importance of face-to-face communication at this point when I raised the involvement of body language as part of communication process, but in fact, I don't as I still believe that the most influential and successful leaders are undoubtedly the best public speakers, and being so conventional public speaker or orator demands a fully awareness of the ethics and skills of public speaking, which are poorly taken into consideration or rather brushed aside when non-face-to-face communicating. This whirlwind moment flirt to face-to-face communication will not shake off my attitude toward non-face-to-face communication, which I believe that potentially with the insanely growth of technology, people will start to consider taking classes in learning the ethics and skills of non-face-to-face communication, which is basically going to be boosted by the heavy dependence on technology. As the world moves straightforward to the change in our life-style, our communication process and relations shift to escort that change. However, even with the most pessimistic point of view toward face-to-face communication, I wouldn't dare say to do away with face-to-face communication, for it is surely the thing which makes us human beings and differentiate us from motionless machines or robots, and even imagining this idea, sounds completely non-sense.
Whether we like it or not new media ways of communication are here, and still taking more space among our cultural practice to form another aspect of our life. So, for people who are whining too much concerns about the threat of new media communication, I think that they should look forward and start thinking about the positive sides that these ways of communication can bring to one's life. Their contribution to building more strong point of view concerning democracy and protecting human rights. Good news that really deserves smiling upon, which I personally give a thumb up is that more people are getting the guts more than any time before to express their opinions about different issues through adopting social media as an outlet, the fact which makes the world coming closer together and uniting our effort that we are increasingly becoming in need for to solve global issues on a common ground.
Truly this is not an over-exaggerated “techno-holic” point of view rebuking a paranoid technophobic attitude over new ways of communication, I'd rather simply call it an optimistic appeal to embrace an optimistic future human being's relationship, gathering us in a strong tie!