The communication of knowledge and ideas is intrinsic to the human condition. Our earliest ancestors had a rich oral tradition, through which they passed on what they knew about the world, often across great distances.
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While discussing the nuances of regression analysis, I saw some of my students smiling. It wasn’t a smile of understanding; it was a response to seeing a Facebook comment on their smart phone. I later learned that 99% of the students in the research method class were Facebook users, routinely checking for updates 10-20 times a day. I asked them to refrain checking their phones during class.
Technology allows co-workers to efficiently communicate, but face-to-face interaction still critical for bonding
Shawn Read's insight:
While I do agree that human to human interactions are important to establishing strong relationships, I have many examples of working very effectively with colleagues in a virtual environment. As ICT infrastructre continues to improve the barriers that once prevented seamless interaction of individuals in a vitural environment will decrease and cease to be an issue.