Body language is a very interesting part of human interaction, and in my opinion it is the most important. Human Communication can be split into verbal and nonverbal interactions, and body language can often tell much more than verbal communication. During a conversation there are cues that allow the participants to understand how to properly proceed, often times these cues are nonverbal, and it is up to the people in the conversation to decipher the meanings of the body language. Many people believe that conversations are mostly verbal, but it is important to look at body language as it often tells more of a story than spoken words. The reason I like to look closely at body language is because the body can not easily lie, it is easy for someone to forgo telling the truth, but in order to fake body language a person must train their body to do the opposite of how they actually feel. It is not easy to understand body language, and body language alone can not tell the full story of an individual’s motives, but when you are able to connect verbal and nonverbal cues you can get a wider picture of the actual reason for each interaction. Humans are quite interesting, we are possibly the only creatures that are able to purposely hide the motives of our communications, while still giving ourselves away with actions. The best way to effectively interact with others is to understand that we don’t speak with words alone, body language is an important aspect of communication that needs to be taken into consideration whenever responding to or starting any conversation.
A few days ago I wrote about the advancements in communication technology and how they have made the unthinkable a reality. While those advancements are great in our day, communication methods of yesterday have suffered many casualties. Some of the now archaic forms of communication, like smoke signals and messages in a bottle, really wouldn’t work as well today, but one of the strongest forms of communication that humans possess is quickly going away. The written letter, in my opinion, is the strongest and least utilized form of communication today, and it will soon be gone completely. The strength of the letter comes by the fact that it must fully portray the emotion of the writer in order for it to be understood, and it is up to the reader to comprehend, and in turn materialize that emotion in their own mind. A written letter is a form of communication that makes people think and it often calls for immediate action depending on the tone of the material. While writing is losing steam to many, due to the effort that goes into it, the world’s most important documents and agreements are still written down. Writing is one of the most effective forms of expression, but when it comes to urgency, the flaws of this method are found. A written letter takes time, and sending the letter sometimes takes even longer. The reason writing is becoming “old hat” is the fact that with a letter, a person in the future is getting a message from the past, and attempts at expediting the letter delivery process have only changed the way we take in written communication as a whole. Text messages, instant messages, and twitter have dwarfed the gravity of a written message, and sadly it doesn’t seem as though written communication stands a chance. I am aware that I may be overreacting here, but I’m just one of those people who love writing, but honestly speaking, I’m sure writing will be fine it’s just that the popularity of written communication has seriously taken a hit. I will continue to write letters from time to time, hopefully letters make a return in the future.