We are human and a social species and made for human interaction and bonding. We thrive on positive human interactions and contact. So what role does technology have in this? We are becoming more connected than ever with more friends on our social media account than we ever use to have in our local villages or tribes. Though our social networks and groups is just an evolved version of these ancient ways of living. We are able to connect, reach and interact with more people on a daily basis online than our ancestors would in their lifetime.
We are now positively evolving practically behind the screen and social media accounts. According to some articles, it is hindering our ability to read emotions as it is absent in most forms of online communication.
As we are facing more screen time and interaction some research seems to indicate that it damages our ability to read emotions and become more emotionally intelligent. This is, however, a skill which is key for 21st-century success and featured in future work reports as akey skill. Lack of social skills may have other side effects like lonelinessand isolation which has a negative impact on peoples physical and mental health.
So what are some of the remedies some are to connect more with people away from technology and connect back with nature? If you are living in South China or here is a link to a great retreat where you can truly connect with your kids and or loved ones in nature.
So if the technology is here to stay and technology is better at reading and predicting our emotions than we are what can we do? Maybe technology is making us less Emotionally Intelligent but what if the technology is also the answer to makes us MORE Emotionally Intelligent? It may also support people to become more emotionally aware of our self and each other. We may be loved ones and be able to support them when they need itthe most.
Software today can now read human emotions better than humans. You can in real time watch a friend or loved one’s emotions with this insight you may be able to support them in ways we were never been able to before. The interaction which has been lacking in the early social media are likely to become more mainstream. It may support cultures and generations in understanding each other better as emotions are seen as being generic across cultures. It can also support people who have difficulties reading emotions like Asperger’s to become more aware and improve social skills. Soft skills and social skills are important as we need to understand more and more diverse cultures but if we can start to be more emotionally aware it can give us great insight and window as a starting point.
What are you planning to do to ensure that you practice Emotional Intelligence in order to keep up in a world of change?
BA, MEd, Transcend ICF Individual and Team Coach, Genos International practitioner, Mediator.
Started her career in Education and the transfer of learning and the retainment of the learning being passed on is a core of what Mette does. She has lived a substantial number of years in three different countries so have a great understanding of cultural differences from first-hand experience. Emotional Intelligence, Coaching and Conflict resolution through transformational learning is what she believes is the key to developing and growing in a world of change. She has taught in Outstanding schools in England, trained multinationals and government organisations through out her career. She is also a keynote speaker and has spoken at TEDx Xiguan Guangzhou China.
She is passionate about developing Individuals, Communities and Organisations to make a difference in a world of change.
BA，MEd，优秀的 ICF个人和团队教练，Genos International从业者，媒体从业人员。