What is social communication?
Social communication is when a dialogue happens through a social media platform. Today most parents and grandparents are very skeptical to when a child or a young adult, spend too much time on whatever device they might use for communication. They’re afraid of the fact that their children don’t get any physical interaction with other children and how this might affect them in the future. How will they learn how to share while playing with other children or understand the importance of compassion? But time spent online with friends adds value to their children, they can spend hours just chatting with their friends on platforms like for example Snapchat or Facebook.
There was an article about a Norwegian 25-year-old man – Mats, who had an unusual disorder called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy forcing him to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. His parents thought he lived an unhappy life, where he spent most of his time in his apartment – just playing video games. Little did they know, that he was communicating with friends through the game World of Warcraft – daily. He found his group of friends, and on the day he died there were people all over Europe mourning over his death (Schaubert 2019). In the gaming world, this man was as equal as any other with his avatar, compared to reality where his physic didn’t necessarily match the rest of the ideal image of a young man. This story is an evidence of how powerful and meaningful social communication can be.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where things aren’t always that good and loveable. The social communication tool we have today can be used in a negative way. Mean people or bullies if you’d like, take the advantage of being safe behind a screen and showing their worst side through social media. This happens daily, but the online bulling is hard to control and even harder to stop. It can go as far as to tragical events like suicide.
Everything is available all the time, wherever we go.We always get the latest news on fashion, politics, economy, diet and so much more, right on our phone. This will affect people differently. If you think about it, there’s always to improve about yourself, at least if you follow the “guidelines” of social media. If you post a picture on Instagram and you get both negative and positive comments, this will affect you.
Some will try to live up to the latest trends and do everything in their power to fit in, while some just don’t care and are just “watching from the outside”. But then we have people who gets pleasure by bringing other people down, letting them know they’re not good enough in many different levels. They will push every single button they can reach, to try to destroy other people’s happiness.
Why is it so? Is this strictly because of jealousy? Because they’re miserable in their own life, so nobody else should be happy? Or is it because their friend thinks they’re being a badass and they want to impress their friends or because they can get away with it due to the anonymous options? Many feel safe behind the screen for different reasons – they get the chance to be whoever they want. And this is beautiful but also terrifying, depending on where you stand today. People need to realize and understand, that they need to make their own judgements based on their own experience.
Because the speed of development of social communication and the growth of new and exciting channels happens so fast, miscommunication will happen. And this will affect the relationships in everything from a friendship, to politics, religion and work environment. We live in the same world, but yet so different. Some will have the privilege to grow up in a house where you have devices and you learn at least two languages in school, while other will grow up – sharing bed with the rest of their family.
How we were raised with our different social expectations, and our ethnic background will affect our way of communicating. Some talk straight from their gut, without any filter and just goes on. Because that’s how they do it at home. Language barriers creates a problem, different languages = different ways of expressing themselves. The way people type and the way they understand what you wrote, might be different from how you interpreted it.
Most people don’t understand that misinterpretation of words can lead to worsened effects than suspected. This can lead to violence, different ways of believing in their own religion or worst-case scenario – War.
Since social communication is developing so fast, and through so many channels it is getting hard to keep track on what’s true and what’s made up. Since it’s such a quick and easy way to express and transfer information – how will we know what’s the real facts? There’s always something new popping up and who knows what the future might bring? We only know that there will be more possibility’s and problems. With the extremely high speed of development there’s been and will be, a lot of misunderstandings throughout the communication.
The faster the better? “Just get it out on the marked, launch it!” The importance of getting something out as soon as possible has become a bigger issue. Nowadays it’s not about having the best solution, but the fact of just having a solution – being first on the marked. Languages are slowly getting affected by other languages. The way you elaborate yourself and talk will affect everything.
Some people are very naïve, we have those who believe in everything they read, and we have those who doesn’t believe in anything but themselves. Humans are “herd animals” – one does one thing – the other one comes right after and do the same. There are so many out there who have the possibility to do some research to find out if something is true or not. They get affected by other people’s opinions and don’t always see the reality in the truth.
For example, we have the small but active amount of people who “make noise” in the world of social media. And then we have the little bigger group who participate with comments (good and bad). And last, we have the passive viewers – those who sit, watch and read, not a single reaction, they’re just there. But who are those noisy people? Are they even people? Or are they robots making noise? How do we know this? Can we trust and feel comfortable in the source of not knowing? This is the future.
Spreading words across the globe is so easy today, because of the high speed of technology. Comparing to the old days where the only option were handwritten letters. Most countries have accepted this way of free ways of speech and communication. But we still have some countries that despite the development of social communication, decide to ignore its power and shuts down whatever might not sooth them at the moment. For example, China and North Korea here the government control and bans news they don’t want the population to see. Whatever going through their social media channels and they don’t like – they make it invisible and make it disappear. The interaction between politics and social communication will not always be in the governments favor, there has been rebellions due to the power of making things viral and the power of spreading news.