Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Perils of Electronic Communication

Courtship and dating are definitely different than in days past.  We now have so many new ways to communicate.  Although electronic communication is fun and easy, it's not always best when building relationships.  Dr. Stephen W. Simpson discusses the "Perils of Electronic Communication" in our new video series coming soon titled "Christian Dating Redefined."

Dr. Steve explains that a lot can be lost through a text message or email.  Fifty percent of our communication is non-verbal, through body language and tone of voice.  Also, we can "read into" an email something that wasn't intended to be communicated.  Dr. Steve said it's fine to use electronic communication for a quick message or note, but the best communication comes from face-to-face meetings or over the phone.

Dr. Steve also suggests NEVER, NEVER break up or ask someone out on a first date throuh a text or email.  When dealing with relationships, people should be bold, intentional and courageous, so this is a big no-no.  Attempting to end or start a relationship should always be face-to-face or over the phone.

Dr. Steve also says electronic communication has allowed our society to become somewhat removed from a situation that can be uncomfortable ... which allows us to become "cowards" of sorts.  But like we say at Cache' Connections, it's time to return to authenticity, so put the texting and emailing aside and get face-to-face as soon as you feel comfortable. 


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