Miscommunication With Social Media

Miscommunication With Social Media

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We live in the age of miscommunication. Social media and other forms of communication have been a tremendous help but it also has its flaws. People learn less and less on how to actually communicate properly. While we may be able to communicate more effectively with people that aren't in the near vicinity, it also opens more ways to misinterpret the message.

Now I am grateful for social media and the Internet for real-time communication because I am in a long distance relationship. This makes it easier for me and my fiancee to communicate in real-time, rather than waiting for a letter in the mail or using a landline for a phone call. Technology has advanced so much over the last two decades that it changed the way people communicate so fast. That people didn't have a chance to find a proper way to use it to communicate efficiently.

It's so easy to misinterpret and misunderstand someone's actual intentions and meaning to the message because through text it sounds like something else. What we say in person is a lot different than what we say through text message, not just by the words, but by the tone you actually say it in, the body language you give out and the eye contact you use. You can't tell any of that through a text message. So while you can say the same thing in real life and through texting, you will get vastly different responses to the people who don't know how you would convey the actual message in real life.

Now speaking of misunderstanding, anyone who's in any relationship can understand that it's a daily thing. Especially those who are in a long distance relationship. Misunderstanding your significant other can be easily done through the misinterpretation of their text messages. While technology has given us the utmost advantages with communication, we the people have yet to understand how to communicate without there being any miscommunication. This is a huge problem for a lot of people in today's society. We live in the age where grown people like to hide behind their keyboards and say things they really want to say but won't say it in real life. So when couples text each other through various forms of social media, it can be deceiving. Most people won't be able to pull off that kind conversation in real life.

So when you talk to one another, try to not assume so much. In regards to the way someone texts you because of you may get the wrong idea and take the actual message and intention out of context. If someone just say "hey whats up" instead of saying "how are you doing?" while they both are different words, they do mean the same thing depending on the context and how the communication relationship you have with that other person is. It's important to talk to the other person and understand their intentions, how they actually talk, and don't assume because of ignorance.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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