Globalisation: What does it mean to communicate?

As time has passed and we as the human race have become more advanced, globalisation has changed the way we live our lives on a day to day basis. Things such as transport, communication, trade and accessibility to information have become such simple tasks that would’ve been much more difficult beforehand.

If we talk about how globalisation has impacted on the way we communicate with one another, the internet is something that springs to mind. Advances in technology have allowed us to easily communicate with anyone around the world via social media such as Facebook or Twitter, through a device that we can fit in our back pocket. In theory, communication via the internet is a means of bringing people closer together, regardless of how far apart we may be, and this makes the need for physical presence in communication redundant.

As we humans are creatures of habit, it has become one of ours to communicate without being physically present, via social media. A survey by Belle Beth Cooper in 2013 has shown that 25% of people surveyed can not recall a time when their phone was not in earshot, and 23% said they would check social media at least 5 times per day. As we are so reliant on using our smartphones as a means of communication, do we still understand the importance of people skills? Are our interactions in person the same as they seem to be through the internet?

This video is a perfect illustration of how technology can be over utilised to communicate with people around us. The narrator in the video reminisces about his childhood, playing with friends in the park, and how he has seen the ways that technology has changed the way in which we communicate as he has grown up. He expresses his opinion that we as humans are lacking physical social encounters with other people, making us anything but social. This concept is somewhat reflected in Kate Hill’s article for the ABC, which explores the ways in which people nowadays have their “eyes never lifting from the screen and not responding to a ‘hello'”.

In conclusion, it is true that the globalisation of the way we communicate has given us great opportunities. We can now share information, send important messages and even just talk to a loved one instantaneously, no matter how far apart we are, which is much more convenient than sending a message by mail. The associated problem with the advances in technology, though, is the way in which we have become reliant on this form of communication where we are not physically present. The reason that this is a problem is that we no longer see the need for highly developed people skills that are important for us to have, for things such as job interviews.. as such:

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