A Love (or Horror?) Story – Communication Meets Technology
So we all know technology is changing every day. And, we all know that break-ups via text message may be wrong and that people do not need to Tweet every time they brush their teeth. Whether it’s personal or professional communication, there’s been a vast difference in how we all interact on a daily basis over the past 30 years. How have mobile technology and social media altered our lives? Here is a little example of how I see it.
Communication – 1980 vs. 2012
- Wake up 1980: Roll out of bed and venture to grab a cup of coffee and read through the morning paper.
- Wake up 2012: Open eyes, reach for the cellphone, and check for urgent emails, Facebook updates and Tweets. Then, get up and get ready for work, and drive through a Starbucks for a hot cup of coffee that was discounted thanks to a Foursquare check-in.
- Work a.m. 1980: Drive to work while enjoying a quality cassette, AM talk, or FM radio. Arrive at work, check your office phone messages, check the fax machine for urgent requests and power up the PC.
- Work a.m. 2012: Drive to work (or power up your telecommute laptop) and try not to acknowledge your texts and emails (for safety/focus reasons), or listen to your car read them to you. Enjoy to your iPod morning playlist, Satellite radio, or your favorite morning show. Arrive at work, check your office phone messages, check emails again, do a little Facebook lurking, attend meetings, check your cellphone for emails and go about your workday.
- Work p.m. 1980: After focusing on hourly duties, taking some calls and attending several important meetings, you once again check phone messages and return to see if clients have responded to your fax requests.
- Work p.m. 2012: Hone in on a few projects, check your email, answer your cellphone, answer your work phone and then get ready to go home.
- Home 1980: Relax and exhale on your drive home, listening once again to your favorite drive-time radio show until you arrive home or decide to meet some friends for a cocktail. Then, enjoy some television or a good book before bed.
- Home 2012: Relax on your drive home while once again enjoying your favorite music or talk shows. Arrive at home, check your emails once or twice, enjoy some television (yes, maybe even reality television), or read a good book on your iPad.
- Bedtime 1980: Power down the television set (non-plasma,HD, or 3D that is) and get ready to start the next workday or weekend.
- Bedtime 2012: Check your email on your smartphone, check your social outlets for any notifications and power down for the night.
As a younger Millennial, I was not around in 1980 to tell you the perks or annoyances of the technology at that time. But even though I do enjoy powering down sometimes and escaping my cellular addictions, I believe current mobile and social communication is a benefit to our lives. If used correctly, these are tools for efficiency, instant news and widespread social change.
Do you think these differences are good or bad? Is this growth? Are there faults? Is this the demise of communication or an upgrade in efficiency? You tell me…