Importance of face to face communication in the modern world

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The definition of face to face communication is what it sounds like, conversing while being in the same room. It’s what has been done for centuries and what will continue to be done until at least some form of telepathy is created. 

A form of face to face communication is what many would call a “facetime” conversation. This can involve any combination of people who may or may not be in the same room, which could be over the phone, video chat, group chat online like whatsapp and skype (which allow you to see and hear what your counterparts are doing),

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When speaking with someone in person, not only do you pick up what is being said but also what isn’t being said. 

Someone who has something important to say but doesn’t want to, he/she will speak with a monotone voice, look away from you while speaking, lack gestures that are normal for them during conversation, etc. 

These are all tells that what they have to say may not be pleasant or that what they are saying isn’t what they truly mean.

Many of us take face to face communication for granted. For example, the average person will conduct thousands of face to face conversations throughout their lifetime. 

“Face-to-face communication is the most powerful form of human interaction.” — anonymous author

Face to face communication not only allows for what’s being said to be interpreted, but also what isn’t being said, which can lead to better understanding between both parties. It deepens what you already have with your friends or people that are important in your life because it allows them to see what you mean more clearly instead of getting an interpretation of what they are thinking through words on a page.

Face to face communication today

We use face to face communication almost every time we meet someone new (whether it’s a friend or colleague). However, some people do not consider face to face conversation as important; they think that Virtual Reality (VR) will replace normal human interaction. Some may even say that VR has more value than face to face communication because you cannot lie with virtual reality technology!

It should be noted that there has been a decline in the ability of young people to connect emotionally due the increased use of social media combined with face to face communication. 

There are some experts who believe face to face conversation is essential for balanced social development. Social networking sites have made it difficult for people to express their feelings through text messages on the internet, so many people feel emotionally disconnected from the world today. Researchers at Stanford University found that face to face conversations have a unique power of bringing about empathy and making groups more harmonious.

“Face-to-face communication deepens relationships.” — anonymous author

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Summary

In conclusion,  There is much more one could say about face to face communication and what all it entails, but what’s important to take away from what has been already said is that face to face conversation is what creates personal connections. 

It allows people who may not normally be able to talk openly with each other due to distance or language barriers the ability to do so. 

Although it does require some effort on both parts (for example: someone having a phone interview usually isn’t in the same room as their interviewer and may find it harder than an in person interview) and can even lead to miscommunications, the benefits of communicating face-to-face make up for them.

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