Are We Really Communicating Electronically?

By Greg Baer M.D.

January 1, 2016

When I was a kid, we communicated face to face, occasionally by rotary phones where multiple families shared a single line. Or we wrote—with actual pen and paper—letters to each other, which were sent by the U.S. Mail. Now we communicate by way of more devices and software programs than I could list on this page. The proliferation accelerates, and I can’t imagine where electronic communication will take us in the future.

The following link is a sobering look at the effect of these modern forms of “communication.”

We are confusing the number of WAYS we communicate with how EFFECTIVELY we connect with each other. It’s not about the number of words we send, or texts, or tweets, or zeros and ones. What we want is to feel loved. That is what we need to learn first, and THEN we may find that the many tools we have could possibly facilitate our loving.

But until we learn about love, it’s all just digital noise, usually creating an illusion of caring that actually interferes with genuine connection.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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