TTYL. GM. LOL. SMH. IDK.
No these aren’t random alphabets thrown together (although that’s what it feels like sometimes). You may not know what all of these acronyms stand for. But chances are you do. And you use them on a daily basis. But for those that may not know, let’s break down a few of these short hand communication tools:
SMH- Shaking My Head
GM- Good Morning
LOL- Laugh Out Loud
TTYL- Talk To You Later
IDK- I Don’t Know
Ok, so what does this have to do with anything? These are merely just forms of modern communication that we all understand and use. True, but how effective is this communication? And more importantly, how personable is it? Think about the last time you talked to one of your best friends or even someone you consider just an associate. Chances are, you didn’t actually “talk” to them. Skype and phone conversations are one thing, but we often mean text messages or emails when we refer to talking. We text back and forth for hours and never pick up the phone. What’s up with that? Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of this too. But at what point do we realize we’re losing out on what really matters in other people’s lives due to technology?
Would you text someone your condolences for the loss of a loved one? No. To hear the words in a situation like that has much more weight than an “I’m so sorry to hear that” text message. Or how about dating? Do you ever go out on a first date with someone you’ve never at least spoken on the phone with? No (at least let’s hope not). But once we get comfortable, we convey all of our feelings through our iPhones and Androids (I Luv U 2 and smiley faces). And for those that will say they use voice texts, guess what??? You’re still not having a conversation. You’re merely using your phone as a medium to give your fingers a break or practice safe driving while texting. I’m not saying that text and email don’t have their place. They are extremely convenient, but should never be used to replace authentic face to face (or telephone at the minimum) conversation.
We even have gone as far as using holograms to project images of ourselves and other people who are not really there! Sure, the look of it is amazing, but how much are we desensitizing ourselves to every day human emotions? Communication is a little bit like makeup on an already pretty woman. You may be scratching your head right now but I’m going somewhere with this. You have the woman who is already pretty and should be just using the makeup to enhance her natural beauty. Instead she uses it to define her beauty….and it consumes her. Aren’t we like that when it comes to modern communication? We gauge our status by the types of technological gadgets we have that can enhance the process of communication. When you really get down to it, that’s all it is. Believe me, there’s nothing wrong with being connected to technology. But when we become technology, then we have a problem. There are some things that never change. Human interaction is one of them. So instead of texting back and forth today, make an effort to actually put in a call to that friend or family member you haven’t “talked” to in a while. You’ll be glad that you did.
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