Over the years we've seen dramatic changes in how we communicate with each other. We've gone from face to face conversations just 20 years ago (even 15 or 10) to texts, tweets and facebook posts. While these tools have given us a great ability to reach more people and do it more effectively it makes me wonder if we've truly lost the ability to talk to one another.
The perfect example of this is the current situation in Washington D.C. Both sides seem to be set in their positions and are refusing to even compromise. I understand the argument on both sides, but from my perspective as an outsider, it just looks like they can't communicate with each other.
During the shutdown in the 1990's, Bill Clinton and then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrinch actually talked almost every day. They enjoyed discussing policy and wanted to try and figure out how to resolve the issue. Sadly, it doesn't look like either side even wants to talk to each other.
Is this a problem with our society and how interpersonal connections seem to be lost because we're so used to looking at a screen and just typing out what we feel? Or is it just a problem with politics?
As a communicator, either way its a problem.
Note: picture courtesy of The Points Guy