By: Lee Boyland In recent personal dealings, I’ve found myself trying to figure out how to communicate certain information to someone. My first instinct is to communicate through a passive mode such as text messaging, but I know a phone call or face-to-face conversation would be more meaningful and sincere to that person, which lead me to thinking, ‘what about when text messaging, e-mailing, social media, etc. didn’t exist!?’ The only options were face-to-face conversations, phone calls or snail mail. I would have had to just gather up the courage to talk to this individual in person! Now, there are many benefits and efficiencies to what I would consider the passive forms of communication, such as efficiency as it relates to making decisions and helping business move quickly, a record of having that communication, and being able to stay in touch socially with several individuals at a time. However, I do think that these forms of communication, if we let them, become a way out of communicating what should be communicated more assertively. To quote a recent LinkedIn article entitled The Effects of Social Networking on Society, “Many people are becoming more isolated due to the lack of personal interaction. It is becoming easier to go through life with less personal confrontations and conversations. Many people are becoming used to only conversing through their computer. This trend has continued and lead to an, “Interesting number of developing adults that function well in a keyboard setting while failing at human interaction” (PC Magazine Online 2).” We lose the ability to be personal and develop really meaningful relationships when we overuse technological forms of communication, in my opinion. I don’t mean to be counterintuitive to our firm’s social media and blog presence – I am merely trying to point out that we should aim to have more meaningful conversations in person, giving our family, friends, acquaintances and business partners and our message the respect they all deserve and the true personal interaction we need. I for one, am going to spend a little less time buried behind the computer or phone – professionally and personally – and really converse with people!