Having been a teenager in an era when tablets were stone, screens kept the bugs out of the house, a keyboard was a Moog Synthesizer, Zoom was a half-hour educational television program on PBS, and the telephone was so cherished that it had its own little table in the hallway, life was all about a highly engaging conversation--yes, the spoken word.
Then, after centuries of talk, communication began to evolve. We witnessed the rise of emailing, texting, social messaging, group chat and video conferencing. Through these communication platforms, we found a digital way to utilize the four main types of communication that we use on a daily basis: verbal, nonverbal, written, and visual. In short order we not only became adept at this, we also became dependent on it.
During the past year, communication technologies have played a crucial role in keeping all of us connected and functioning in a time of pandemic lockdowns and self-isolation. Group chat and social messaging distracted us, emails that didn’t need answers consumed our time, video calls kept us tethered to our computer screen--and somehow always obligated to do just one more...just one more!