I really enjoyed participating in the iExamine. Forcing myself to take notice of my methods of daily communication really taught me a lot. In these days where the use of technology is so customary and regular, it can be easy to lose sight of the negative impact it has on us.
So much of our daily lives consists of communication through technological devices. Although technology provides us with many advantages, it lacks a certain kind of human nature. During my day of observance, I was attempting to have a rather serious, confrontational conversation with a good friend through text message. Because it is so difficult to show and interpret emotion via text, it did not go quite as well as planned. I was unable to perceive exactly how he was feeling and the full extent of the message being responded back. If we were to have that same conversation face to face, I am almost positive that it would have been much more effective.
I also took notice of the effect that others’ use of technology has on those around them. If a person is continually texting and using his or her phone while hanging out with friends, it gives off the message that he or she does not genuinely want to be there or take interest in what is happening. It is almost customary for people to do this, but if we think about it, it is actually very rude. Also when we are busy using our phones or other devices, we lose track of what is going on around us. We are unable to share a smile with a peer, recognize someone in need, or just purely take notice of all that is going around.
When we turn off all our devices, life changes drastically. We have a more quality way of life. Instead of getting caught up in what is happening in our own texting or social network world, we can focus on the here and now. It brings about a certain kind of peace to just disconnect for a little bit. Also, the time spent with others is actually much more enjoyable. The conversations we have are more lively and meaningful.
The most important thing to take away from this experience is remembering these observances and putting them into our daily lives. We must keep in mind the message we are conveying even if it may not be through vocal words.