The gamer stereotype of basement dwellers was fairly accurate in the early 90s/00s. The explosion of acceptable geek, online communities, and now streaming has flipped that around. Likely the most communicative people you find are going to be gamers. Sort of begs the question if the issue was the people, or the medium. I’d like to think it’s both.
Gamers traditionally want to share, rather than hear the sound of their own voice. LAN parties, D&D sessions and whatnot. Traditional media is one way, lacking any true sense of feedback or dialogue. Bring in the interwebs and now there are platforms to share, and kablooey, here we are. Social media was birthed from that mindset. (Another topic as to what it’s warped into.)
I work in an IT field. Communication skills are, for the most part, lacking. Oh, they are all over social media, but they’ve modified their methods to fit the tool. If it isn’t done in 140 characters, the interest is lost. The concept of long form, or complex dialogue is not something new hires have experience. And because they generally value their online identity more than the message, they take a fair a lot of insult at any pushback. It’s hard to block your boss after all.
Just the general concept of thinking before speaking seems to be a lost art. I can see it in their eyes, all of a sudden they realize what’s come out and silence comes along, or some stuttering. I don’t mind thinking out loud, that’s a good way to build up an idea with other people. But there are parts of a person’s life that I really don’t need to know about.
I’m clearly getting old here. I’m in the middle of the workforce in terms of age, but there are many more generations of communications younger than me than older. Google is older than some of my employees. And I have students that are as old as Facebook. Means that when I’m having a large group session, I need to apply a half dozen communication techniques to make sure everyone gets it.
There’s some irony to this topic appearing on a blog, as the audience is likely going to be people who already present long form ideas. It’s one of the many reason I still blog, keeping that part of the brain active without it being loaded with work-related items. It’s just an interesting fact that I’ve come to realize… as much as I spent effort building ideas, I spend quite a bit of effort communicating them. Cause even the best idea in the world won’t go anywhere if people aren’t hearing about it.