With the ever-increasing popularity of social media, face-to-face communication can sometimes feel like a distant memory. We communicate mostly through technology nowadays. Rather than having a meaningful convo, no matter how brief, we opt for simple reactions on Facebook posts.
It’s far time we need to return to the face-to-face form of communication, rather than depending so heavily on social media for our communication and human interaction. In this article, we’ll explain just why it is that we feel face-to-face communication trumps social media interaction any day of the week.
People Put on a Face for Social Media
A lot of the time, what people post on social media is only the best of the best. They post the coolest, most extreme, most fun, or best things in their lives and only those things, giving others the idea that they live the perfect life.
With face-to-face communication, you know what’s really going on a little better. There’s no photoshop for real life and you can’t just run away from a conversation until you have something cool you’ve done to tell them about it. Face-to-face communication requires more of reality.
You Have Context Face-to-Face
When you’re taking part in face-to-face conversations, you are better able to see the emotion behind what the person is saying and hear their tone, giving you context for what they’re saying. You can better pick up on sarcasm or subtle language with face-to-face conversation.
This brings us to a related point of the ability to hide behind the computer with social media. People tend to be meaner on social media, saying things they’d never say to a person’s face because they can hide behind their computer. Face-to-face communication forces you to be kinder and choose your words more wisely.
You Can Read Their Body Language
Body language is as important a part of communication as the words themselves. We say a lot with the way we’re standing and the things we do as we talk or listen. For instance, fidgeting can signal boredom or impatience, while biting your lip or putting your hand on your face could signal that you’re hiding something or holding something back.
When you have face-to-face communication, you can see this body language and better understand what your conversation partner truly means and might be feeling. It makes for more effective communication.
It’s More Meaningful
Face-to-face communication is a lot more meaningful than social media interaction, especially nowadays. With the popularity social media has and the importance we place upon it, face-to-face communication has become even more meaningful.
For someone to take part in face-to-face communication, they have to make the time to meet up with you, talk with you, and truly listen. In addition to there being more involved in this type of communication, there’s also more of a commitment. If someone is taking the time for face-to-face interaction with you, they’re going to invest the time to do it right and have a full conversation with you, actively listening to you and spending the time with you.
Face-to-face communication is far better and more meaningful than any social media interaction you might have. This is a far more involved and meaningful method of communication. It doesn’t take much care or effort to react to a post you see on Facebook, but it certainly does to plan face-to-face time with a friend and truly commit to the conversation at hand.
Face-to-face communication also gives you the opportunity to read the body language of your conversation partner and have a better context for what they say. You can have a more real and meaningful conversation without anyone hiding behind the anonymity of their computers.