‘The ability to hold a meaningful conversation remains very important,’ he said.
‘It is tempting to become reliant on smartphones and technology, either because of laziness or because it is just easier to text, ping off an email or post something online.’ Bucknall, who has worked with clients such as Cambridge University and Sainsbury’s, warns of the dangers of using a keyboard instead of your vocal chords.
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‘People are having to get smarter about the choices they make.
There are more ways to put your message across, but as a result it is easier to make the wrong choice.
A few years ago this would have been seen as the ultimate sign of rudeness but checking your phone has now become socially acceptable because everyone is doing it.’ In a professional environment, Chacksfield says that speaking through a screen has its pros and cons.
‘Obviously that’s an extreme case, but you can see how tempting it is to put the information out there in that way.In reality, the written word is a much better platform for that. It is an opportunity to shift the way people think, feel and act.It is a more emotional medium than the written word.’ But how will we communicate in the next ten or 20 years?‘The art of conversation isn’t dead yet – it’s just that we now have more of an excuse not to speak to people face-to-face any more,’ said Marc Chacksfield, deputy editor at Tech ‘If you are in a pub and the conversation wanes, the sad fact is that it’s more likely you will reach for your phone than try and come up with something interesting to say. In order to use the Site or any services provided here, you must have attained the age of majority in your jurisdiction.