If keyboards could talk

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Many thanks to a fellow blogger who provided some very interesting ideas for my next blog, which you’re about to read.

We have officially reached the height of the computer age and if I had to guess, nearly 80% of our day is spent clicking and clacking on keyboards, tablets and smartphones. Yes, we’re hooked and it would be difficult for the majority of us to “disconnect”, without having a darn good reason.

Your keyboard is your friend right?  Abandoning it would be impossible with a PC and nearly impossible with a tablet or smartphone (unless you solely use voice recognition) and we all know how well that works. So I ask you, if your think about conversations, work emails, texts, surfing and tweeting during the course of your day, how would your keyboard describe you and your habits?

Are you gasping or thinking now?  Our actions using technology to communicate these days is almost automatic and perhaps this is difficult to answer.  Really think about it… perhaps I can share first.

I confess, I’m a key banger because I exert passion and determination when expressing my thoughts. (my co-worker’s will back me up here) I clack more than I click (meaning that I find it easier to communicate using a full keyboard, instead of a gentle click of a smartphone key)

Now getting back to what my keyboard may experience.. probably a lot of re-typing and back spacing because I never go with my first draft even with an email. My less productive clacking might see me posting random thoughts on Facebook like we all do. Perhaps something along the lines of “out to dinner with the hubby tonight” or “I can’t wait to see this show”. I also notice that my messages are delivered with a lot of (x’s and lol’s), which means I am generally a happy and loving person right? Maybe I’m just being polite or using proper techie etiquette. (except for work of course)!

We find ourselves communicating this way a lot, sharing our fun experiences, life events, expressions, frustrations and sometimes even sad moments. Our keyboard knows it ALL but never judges except when it notices that a few key letters have nearly faded. This can only mean one thing.. either you are really fond of those letters or these letters are half of your secret password, which unlocks many precious places. This might tempt us to change them, but we don’t because we will surely forget them! If only our keyboards could talk.

Stay happy^ Hands-on

#Facebook vs Facetime the battle of social

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Before you start to think that I’ll be comparing Facebook (global phenomenon)  and Facetime (Apple’s clever version of Skype), I’d like to say up front and honestly this is not what my article is about.

If you have chosen to continue reading… wonderful and welcome to my thoughts.  If you were slightly disappointed, please do not despair…I think you’ll appreciate what I have to say.

Moving on… it is becoming increasingly obvious that social interactions are happening more so in a digital format, rather than face-to-face.  I think we can agree that for the most part life, work and travel has us “plugged in” at all times and I for one feel a bit weary for a re-charge in a totally different way.

How do you feel about social interactions face-to-face vs social media interactions? Is my not so obvious title starting to make sense now?    Good!

There are certain benefits to both and I’d like to list a few of the benefits of communicating in person:

  • Eye contact-essential for trust
  • Expressions-essential for communicating how you feel
  • Understanding personalities
  • Clear instructions with few misunderstandings
  • Suggestions with instant hands-on actions
  • Questions with debate in “real-time”

Now a few digital benefits:

  • Global communications
  • Aids creativity
  • Helps those who are less comfortable with face-to-face
  • Ideal for the technology industry
  • Enables flexible working

I’m sure you might add a few of your own and I would love to hear them out of interest! (This means comments are welcome)

Social technology can also save an enormous amount of time and money, when you consider the travel and preparation for professional interactions however; let us not forget that all humans need social contact to survive in this world.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to “unplugging” with all of you sometime

Hands-on 🙂