Sep 4, 2015

Digital Communication and Positivity

"If we become socially isolated and communicate only by text, never face to face, then we may be eroding our capacity to connect instead of building it up." - Dr. Fedrickson

I am quite student of Dr. Fedrickson: I have never met her, but I reading her book. I read her interview with Angela Winter

Further in the interview Dr. Fedrickson recommend -
"The positive experiences we have in conjunction with others are like nutrients: we need daily doses of them in order to stay healthy. But contemporary culture encourages us to reach out through technology. Though e-mail and text­ing and social media are great in many ways, they potentially have costs.In the future I’d like to look at the bodily effects of communicating through electronic mediums versus face to face and see what the differences are. When we connect with people online, we certainly experience a lot of positive emotions, but maybe they’re not reverberating and building off each other. Seeing you smile makes me happy in a subtle but perceptible way that may not occur when I just see the little smiley emoticon. "

If we read carefully and take it seriously then should we avoid using WhatsApp, and prefer Skype, or speaking in general we should prefer video chat over text chat. Video chat using older technologies was not preferable because our eyes were focused more on keyboard than to webcam and with slow connections there was less facial mimicry. But recent advancements in technologies and network make conversations so live, like the below image from Skype looks so live -
 Positive Resonance is about sharing smile. When we smile, we share smile, we feel positive emotion and we evoke positive emotion. Whats vital is when we talk face to face sharing positivity becomes easier, a level which can never be achieved using texts or messages. A healthy relationship requires frequent face to face conversation or at least on phone, otherwise it slowly dies.
We need video calls to be more natural and one that allows to look inside the other person and his or her world. A video call that shares smile not smileys. May be Magic window or 3D video calling from Skype.   All social networks Facebook, Google talk, WhatsApp, etc feature video calling, and technologies are improving supporting mobile and tablets with real time experiences.

How facebook made me numb 
We have experienced that, personally slowly I have lost contact with my ex-collegues even though they are in my friend list in facebook, and how many of us are really active on facebook to be in contact, many of us made it either business to promote products and politics or boring. Some heated conversations over facebook and some super boring repeated posts from our friends have made some of us socially numb. I used to have arguments over facebook which resulted in loss of friendship (on facebook) and later I decided to shut the fuck up and keep my mouth shut and avoid arguments, which I think is making me socially numb. Well I believe if I had redular conversation on phone or face to face i would have retained the friendship.

Future Social Platforms
 Real-time video communication is poised to become one of the most transformative technologies of the coming decade, and could be a major disruptive force in domains from business to health to education - Jake Dunagan
Future social platforms need to focus more natural conversations compared to facebook.
Future Social platforms should try to connect positive emotions with social tools.
"Real-time video communication is poised to become one of the most transformative technologies of the coming decade, and could be a major disruptive force in domains from business to health to education," - See more at: http://www.iftf.org/our-work/people-technology/technology-horizons/the-future-of-real-time-video-communication/#sthash.MqdUFqqw.dpuf
"Real-time video communication is poised to become one of the most transformative technologies of the coming decade, and could be a major disruptive force in domains from business to health to education," - See more at: http://www.iftf.org/our-work/people-technology/technology-horizons/the-future-of-real-time-video-communication/#sthash.MqdUFqqw.dpuf
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