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OPINION: Importance of human interaction

In a time of technological reliance and advancement, people do not have as much human interaction as there has been in the past.  There are many benefits to cell phones and social media, but at the same time, they are creating a wall between conversation and face-to-face encounters.  

An article titled “The Importance of Human Interaction” explained how people nowadays are extremely dependent on cell phones and it can become life-consuming.  In the article, it stated, “despite the fact that technology has made the lines of communication more accessible, it is also slowly tearing us apart”(Carson).  It is a lot easier for people to connect over the phone and that has allowed people to stay isolated. 

Mrs. Pearlman, an English teacher here at Batavia High School, voiced her opinion on the importance of communication.  When asked about the differences between remote communication and in-person communication, she had a lot to say.  

There’s an actual connection in in-person communication – we share a space, we feed off of one another’s energy and responses, the nuances (tone, facial expressions, eye contact, pauses, and phrasing, gestures) are more defined which enhance the message,” she said. 

It is true that there are many factors that go into communication, and when people are allowed to communicate in person, it is easier to understand and relate to one another.  

“Online communication has helped us maintain connections during a very isolating time,”  Pearlman said.

Face-to-face interactions are the most ideal form of communication, but the Covid-19 pandemic has put a hold on that.  Things like remote learning have taught us not to take things for granted and to enjoy interacting with our peers.  It is essential that people communicate with others as much as possible.  Conversing with people in person allows a barrier to coming down and gestures/facial expressions are seen for how they really are.  

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