We are living in the era of advanced IT. It is unwise not to leverage cutting-edge technologies in our everyday life. It has affected every aspect of the human being by simplifying many processes and becoming a helpful instrument to handle duties. Due to online communication, we can contact people we need at any time and in any place.
When busy at work and having no time to meet your friends, you can put through a video call, for example, when your friend lives abroad. But, on the other hand, if you are starting a new acquaintance, for instance, in India, then an Indian chat room through different social media platforms is an excellent decision. This blog post will discuss how this new way of communicating impacts us in different ways: emotional, physical, and cognitive.
People who have never experienced a personal loss are more likely to be emotionally affected by online communication than those who have. The University of Missouri conducted an experiment where they had subjects look at pictures of people with facial expressions that ranged from happy, sad or angry. They found that the control group was less emotionally impacted when looking at these pictures compared to the test group. This shows how feedback is important in helping us make sense of situations and gives us insight into what someone might be feeling based on their expression.
Communication can also impact our physical health as well. For example, it has been shown that social media sites such as Facebook may contribute to obesity among college students according to research done by Ohio State University (OSU). OSU found that students who spent more time on Facebook during the day were heavier than those who did not. It is theorized that this may be due to emotional eating which happens when people turn to food for comfort and stress relief.
Lastly, online communication can affect one’s cognitive abilities as well. For example, a study from OSU found that there are certain mental benefits of being able to communicate through email or text messages. People with anxiety disorders reported fewer symptoms while using these methods over voice phone calls because they felt like their thoughts could flow without interruption in text-based conversations. However, another study by Columbia University shows how excessive use of texting has led to actual brain damage among teens (though we’re still unsure if this is temporary or permanent).
Online Communication: Pros & Cons
- no obstacles in getting to the target interlocutor;
- strengthened relations with old contacts;
- the ability to get an education by taking specialized online courses;
- building relationships on dating and chatting websites.
- lack of face-to-face interaction;
- issues with developing interpersonal skills;
- high risk of addiction to the Internet and smartphones;
- evil motives of some people through social media.
15 Tips To Improve Online Communication
- Keep it short and to the point
- Use a signature line for your emails
- Avoid using emoticons in professional communications
- Be mindful of how you use capital letters, exclamation points, and question marks
- Proofread before sending anything out to make sure there are no spelling errors or typos
- Take care with what you say on social media – think about who might be reading it!
- It is important that we maintain some boundaries
- Be mindful of what you share and how you say it
- Remember that there are no take-backs when communicating online
- Know your audience before posting anything on the internet or sending an email
- Don’t forget about the power of face-to-face conversations! A phone call, text message, or Skype chat can go a long way
- Avoid using acronyms or abbreviations in your messages
- Use “you” language instead of “I”
- Ask questions to get the conversation started and avoid being too formal
- Don’t be rude, disrespectful, or unprofessional!
- Show empathy for other people’s feelings and respond appropriately when someone has bad news or is feeling depressed
In conclusion, online communication is having a significant impact on our lives. Online environments have many benefits as well as detriments that we need to be mindful of in order to make informed decisions about how we communicate with others and what kind of relationship they want us to have with them.