These days there are so many ways people can communicate with others. We may send an SMS or an email. We can phone someone on their landline (if they still have one) or mobile, make a video call or use Skype or other computer program that I don't know about. There are various forms of social media. Some people still write letters. Sometimes people even speak face to face, yes they do. Different forms of communication are favoured by different people, at different times for different purposes. I don't think any one form of communication is the best.
With all the different ways of communicating one would hope communication is easier and more efficient these days, but it often isn't.
Technical problems can interfere with our communication. One's limited knowledge of how to use a particular form or being distracted can cause difficulties. Have you ever accidentally deleted a text or email? Have you sent a text to the wrong person. Oops.
Individuals may favour a particular form of communication over others. No use leaving a message for me on Facebook expecting me to see it today. I don't check Facebook daily and sometimes a week goes by and I haven't looked at it. It's better to text me, phone or send an email.
However, a few months back before I replaced my old mobile, I missed numerous calls because it was playing up.
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One needs to know the best way to get in touch with others. After a while one gets to know if a friend is always checking Facebook or keeps their mobile in their pocket. But one won't know the habits of new contacts.
I often text or email so the recipient can read my message and respond when they have time. However some people don't check their mobile or email very often. How long should I wait before I try a different form of communication in case they haven't seen my message? I don't want to appear impatient but perhaps I need a response.
Text messages can lead to misunderstandings so sometimes they aren't the best way of communicating a particular piece of information.
If you are speaking on a mobile in a noisy spot you may not hear properly and again this can result in confusion. Using speaker phone and multi-tasking as you talk can also lead to a break down in communication.
When thinking about the best form of communication, the cost may also be a factor. Sometimes phoning is cheaper than a series of text messages. It can be quite confusing though with frequent changes to charges and if you move to a different provider you need to become familiar with their billing.
Ways to communicate have certainly changed over the past few decades. Did you ever send or receive a telegram? Do you remember days gone by when you would go to the mailbox, take out a letter from a friend, make a cuppa and sit down to read it at your leisure?
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Yes, these days we have so many ways of communicating but we don't always get the message. Having said that, I do appreciate many aspects of modern technology and the ease with which I can communicate with others. I wouldn't want to go back to the days when I had to walk to the phone box to make a phone call.