With the advancement of technology, innumerable forms of communication have been introduced into our daily life. Cell phones, text messaging and emails make it easy for us to reach anybody, anywhere. However, despite all of the advantages, there still exists many disadvantages in using these high-tech products. From my perspective, the best way of communication is still having a conversation with others face to face.
First of all, text messaging is an emotionless form of communication which eliminates all the expressions or body languages of the speakers in a conversation. When we talk with someone, verbal language is only a very small part of the dialogue, we express our feelings, ideas and opinions through many other aspects. Even a subtle change of tone can lead to different meanings. For example, a rising tone may imply one’s doubt while a falling tone shows one’s approval. E-mails can hardly deliver information like that.
Secondly, it is hard to discuss difficult topics over e-mails. They can be troublesome if you are planning to discuss a complex issue with others although in some cases they are still useful. A quick and nasty e-mail can often be seen when the discussion becomes heated. A lot of problems are popping out and one turns out to be impatient to organize the language, making others hard to understand the content and leading the conversation into a mess.
Last but not the least, e-mail delivery can sometimes be postponed due to many causes, such as the breakdown of computers or network, and even simple power outage can lead to the failure of sending or receiving e-mails. Imagine you are right in the middle of a discussion with your classmates and you just sent your idea to them. Now you are looking forward to receiving their reply, but all of a sudden, your computer cannot function well. Undoubtedly, it must be very disappointing and annoying. However, you never need to worry problems like that in a face-to-face conversation.
To sum up, although technology development has provided us with convenience and it also has benefits in a conversation, I still think traditional way of communication is the better option when discussing with others in doing a project.