How many of us can say that we spend the majority of our time on Facebook or other social media or simply texting as our main form of communication? Why not? It's quick, it's efficient and it's easy to do. I know I have fallen victim to the technological age of communication. There is nothing wrong with it at all - it's great! We do have to keep in mind however, that it does not replace face to face conversation. If we loose our ability to speak face to face then we will start to loose our connection not only with others but with ourselves. We will slowly loose our authentic voice.
Face to face conversation allows us to explore more deeply who we are and our relationship to those around us. Social media and texting tends to consist more of banter than real substance. Yes of course there is the odd deep and meaningful text but really this is just hiding behind a screen. If you have something important to say then it is best said in person. This shows a sense of care and honesty. You can lie in print or embellish the truth but it is harder when someone is right in front of you. Body language, facial expression and tone of voice speak volumes - more than mere words.
So keep talking, keep communicating, keep living in the real world where all of your senses are engaged. Build your confidence in speaking aloud not only one to one but in front of small groups and large. Be loud, be proud and be confident in what you have to share with others. Your voice reflects who you are inside and that is worth sharing!! Encourage your children or young people that you know to use their voice in positive ways that will empower them.