Talk or type?
Do you call or do you message?
The way of communication has changed in the last few years and I have taken for granted this subtle shift in the way we approach talking to each other.
Before, we called.
We called to chat, we called to arrange appointments and we even called to complain. Now many of us report our lives by email, text or instant message. I do.
Life is programmed with the touch of a key and our fingertips are the conduits that make it all happen.
In Provence there is a whole load of chat.
We don’t message, we sometimes email, but around here it is all about the face to face. It is refreshing and it has made me aware of how dependant I am on my gadgets to spread the word.
Is it because there is more time to spend talking in the old fashioned way?
Yes, there is a whole lot more time. Provence has a very special and unique time clock. No rush, no pressure. C’est la vie.
It is not all about time restraints. I believe the reason we communicate via message is because we can; a technical evolution that has become habitual. As communication methods have become more sophisticated we have learned how to adapt and use them to our advantage.
In Provence we still plan and shop old school. We call the plumber and the electrician and we pay accounts by cheque rather than bank transfer. Slowly the system changes and with that comes less one-to-one and less contact.
There is so much to be gained with a personal approach. Taking the time to talk in person and making that call means the depth of engagement is more. Lately, I have found myself picking up the phone in preference to writing an email or sending a What’s App message.
I call that progress.
For once, pushing backwards feels as if I am moving forwards. That is not to say the ease of communication is not a brilliant way to stay connected with friends and family. Living far away from those we love is made that much happier with an extra text or email, but picking up the phone, hearing that familiar “hello” is ten, no a million times better.
There is simple solution – a little more of both. xv
i was inspired by the erwin blumfield image above
image erwin blumfield for vogue 1954