THE EYES HAVE IT…
The current situation with Coronavirus, has significantly changed the way we have been communicating over the last 12 months.
Using Zoom and Teams is now part of everyday life both at home and at work.
In many ways, it’s hard to conceive how we could ever have managed our way this far through the pandemic without the use of technology.
Despite this becoming a regular, almost usual means of communication, we do need to remind ourselves that communicating through a screen is very different to the methods we have been taught since birth and, as humans, are conditioned to use.
Significantly, as many of us will remember from our teenage years, there was a time when we very rarely gave people eye contact, anyone who has tried to have a meaningful exchange with a teenage child will appreciate how challenging this can be.
Similarly, most of us, when talking via a screen, look at the image of the person we are speaking to rather than looking at them directly down the eye of the lens which means we almost get eye contact but they most certainly don’t.
The result means connection is one step removed and we are going to need to find ways to redevelop that skill as we transition back to face to face communication.