The need to exchange instant messages or e-mails by means of a smartphone, tablet, or computer at any time and anywhere has led to the rise of electronic communication, or e-communication for short.
These days, it seems more and more people have replaced personal interactions with the use of latest communication and computing devices. Messages are often communicated by electronic means rather than by speaking or answering face-to-face. This could be seen as some type of evasive behavior to escape or avoid having an open, direct, assertive communication. It also gives the impression that some people evade direct contact to avert any possible confrontation.
Indeed, it has become significant to communicate online instead of picking up a phone or meeting somebody to have a conversation. Regardless of the situation, circumstance or relationship between parties in society today, it looks as if people prefer to reach out by using electronic communication; almost as if the “e” in e-communication means evasive rather than electronic.
Ever since the public was first introduced to the Internet and then saw the benefits of the World Wide Web (WWW) in the mid-1990s as a means of communication over long distances, face-to-face interaction between people began to be less common than before the boom of the information superhighway (This is the term used in the ’90s that referred to the digital communication systems and the Internet.)
In this day and digital age, it is very common to see someone texting or e-mailing co-workers, friends or loved ones, if not communicating with them on a social media site. It appears society is full of texters, tweeters and e-mailers. There are also those that choose communicating for free with Skype (News - Alert), a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
Using electronic forms of communication has required the availability of online information services to conduct messaging and communicate a message over long distances. People and organizations needed to be provided with the fundamental tools and systems to send/receive large volumes of information - through controlled waves and electronic signals.
However, the large availability of e-communication tools and services should not lead someone to rely solely on electronic communication, be “evasive” and not having direct, honest, and frank conversations when they need to. This is the opinion, at least, of Suzanne de Janasz (a leadership professor, author, and consultant) who offers a few thoughts on this topic in a blog entry she wrote for the Huffington Post (News - Alert) and that can be read here.
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Edited by Rich Steeves