English Paper on Is Social Media Sabotaging Real Communication?

In her publication, Susan Tardanico emphasizes the importance and value achieved by authentic and genuine communication. She indicates that the bulk of authentic communication is done through non-verbal cues including gestures and facial expressions. Such details in the communication process cannot be captured sufficiently in social media, text messaging, email, or even phone call communication. In such forms of communication, the impression given does not reflect the ‘true’ position of those in communication. The writer notes with concern that all forms of electronic communication lack accountability. Parents are unable to reach out to and bond with their children during communication, as traditional communication is boring to the younger generation. This has impeded communication between adults and their children leading to very high levels of moral decadence in society. Electronic communication renders the children socially, emotionally, and physically unavailable. The situation has been made even worse by the use of undecipherable emoticons and non-uniform abbreviations for communication.

The current technological dispensation has been a negative game changer on matters regarding communication. Formerly, face-to-voice communication was used, with quality and empathy among its dictates. Currently, communication parameters have changed. These parameters insist on the quantity or bulk of the audience and message as opposed to quality of communication. This broad phase connection platforms are hotbeds for social disconnect, as the author points out. However, she tasks social media and other forms of electronic communication with seeking accuracy and ingenuity.

Electronic and social media communication cues lack universality and uniformity and are, therefore, subject to misinterpretation. At the workplace, the use of unstandardized abbreviations, snippets, and emoticons in official communication only helps in widening the generational gap between the seniors and the current generation. Such is the communication associated with social media. It defies the tenets of communication etiquette. The hurried nature of such communication has the users write any post oblivious of the receivers’ interpretation. The lacking thereof in accountability of messages encoded on social media is a recipe for interaction mishaps. This, the writer reaffirms, could also prove to be a source of conflict due to misinterpretation of these messages.

The writer points out that individuals use electronic forms of communication to cover up their social and economic deficiencies. Social media users create a false identity of who they are, what they own etc. This way the users can take on whichever form and identity they wish. One moment they could take on the persona of company CEO and the next minute a wrestler or any other persona. In this light, the author questions the depth of communication involving such individuals. Does such communication elicit any emotional reactions? Their audiences, she notes, are in no position to examine or interrogate the validity and identity of whoever they are in communication with.

One on one communication is progressive. The author adds that it ensures trust is conceived and built between those in communication. She underscores the successes that have been achieved through one on one communication especially on the golf course, which she uses to highlight the cradle of face-voice communication. Excellence in management has also achieved through on-site supervision of workers, as, through direct communication, the individuality of each worker can be assessed.

The author is akin to the fact that electronic communication is here to stay. She therefore proposes ways that if indulged could help sanitize and fix electronic communication flaws including making follow-up phone communication to assess possible emotional state of the receiver of the message, self-assessment of personal communication skills, and familiarization with inter-generational communication preferences. By making these adjustments, will electronic communications achieve universality and societal acceptability like one-on-one communications.

Works Cited

Tardanico, Susan. Is Social Media Sabotaging Real Communication? 30 04 2012.             <https://www.forbes.com/sites/susantardanico/2012/04/30/is-social-media- sabotaging-real-communication/#47ee2ec12b62>.