Mobile phones: We don’t talk anymore

Mobile phones: We don’t talk anymore

By Ann Manoti

Mobile phones, social media, internet and other digital gadets are changing the way we communicate with each other. Long gone are the days when a household had only one phone mounted onto a wall, or one had to send telegrams or letters to pass a message to their loved ones. The age of technology has been kind enough to bring us the invention of mobile phones, laptops, computers, and other gadgets. Not forgetting, more importantly, the internet.

The internet saw the birth of social media, making the world a global village. The distance was no longer the reason to limit one’s communication with another who’s not close by. The downside to that is we no longer use it that way. Instead, we have resulted to hiding behind our screens, making up excuses on why we can’t come to the phone right now because of the poor internet service and what not.

Other times we misuse this privilege to fan internet wars by replying and retweeting to hate comments on a particular person or issue. So that one can achieve a certain social status.

Ironically, the freedom that came with this form of interaction also held us captive. We’ve been so fixated on our screens that we don’t see what’s happening around us. The focus and attention intended for our family and friends are directed to our social media pages. Then again, we tend to think we’ll get time to talk to our partners or friends or children later on in the night when saying goodnight or in the morning when leaving for work or school.

Fixated to mobile phones screens

Like a chain reaction, this affects our relations with others doing more harm than good. While there is less interaction at the family level, there is too much talking without any understanding on social media. Therefore, communication does not take place. Everyone feels like they are entitled to their own opinion, while that of another does not matter.

In other instances, when given a chance to express ourselves, we let our silence do the talking. In terms of texting, we use emojis, which appear to be ambiguous. Hence, do not give a clear meaning of what one wants to say.

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We need time out from our devices

Although it will require us to resort to old ways to resolve our communication skills, it is vital. That is why I ask that phones be placed down. We need a time out from our devices especially, when we are in a social setting. We could always use these platforms in our privacy without feeling the need to hide from the crowd lurking behind us.

Ann Manoti is a journalism student at KCA University

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