Nonverbal communication makes up more than 90 percent of human interaction.
That means that nearly everything we communicate as social beings is conveyed through cues like body language, facial expressions, and other physical gestures. Tone of voice and other sensory signals besides sight just add dimensions to the rich communication among people.
Now that social media has become nearly mainstream in the developed world, how does this statistic hold up? Though nonverbal, how does the robust communication on the web fit into our world?
Social media involves text, video, audio, and photography. Surely that will change as technology evolves, and programs like Skype bring us closer to real human contact. But not quite.
This multimedia content on the web makes human face-to-face interaction less frequent, less vital. How will this change human interaction overall?
Will this widen the gap between people in developed nations versus those in less advanced countries? Though we may communicate more with Facebook, Twitter, texting, and more, the quality of our communication may not be the same.
Among Americans and journalists like us, how will this alteration in interaction change our craft? We’re seeing changes every day in newspapers, magazines, and blogs, and politicians, automakers, actors, and innumerable other professionals can say the same.
How does the new meaning of the term “nonverbal communication” change our lives, both personally and professionally?