New-age connectivity has increased our ways of contacting our loved ones but it has barely contributed to bringing people together. Though technology is at no fault in our failure to reach out to the people we love frequently, technology at the same time has contributed towards creating multiple distractions for us to no longer require making conversations with near and dear ones on a daily basis. We now do so for customary calls and on rare occasions when life does take a sad turn and we miss them dearly.
Although technology has opened up greater avenues of contacting our friends, relatives and parents from a city far away, not all of us do so frequently. It is crucial that we contact if not via long hours of Skype, at least by dropping a ‘What’s up’ text or our favourite sticker on Messenger or Whatsapp. The cleverer your use of technology, stronger remains your ties with those you value.
Making a phone call in the era of instant messaging has become an exclusive gesture saved for very special people. Parents are generally the ones it is reserved for. While you may not call them at the end of each day, it is preferable to do so on weekends so that they too get an insight into our life after the crusades of worrying they go through when it comes to their children.
We are forever in contact with our boyfriend or girlfriend via instant messaging or occasionally via Skype. While being in contact 24 hours of the day is a good sign in a relationship, hearing each other’s voice in real time also acts as a boost. Call them up in person when you are asking them out on a date, the intimacy of it beats none.
After parents and partners, we often forget about favourite uncles, aunts and grandparents who pine to hear our voice and are jubilant when we do end up calling them not to wish during a festival but just to talk. They are the ones who are often left behind in the communication technology up gradation.
So dial a number and talk to someone. Advanced forms of communications at times derides us of the most native form of communication; talking.