Don’t Lose Your Voice!

In the past few years, I’ve noticed how little people actually talked to one another anymore. Texting, tweeting, and posting on social media has become the norm. I consider texting and tweeting to be the lowest sense of communication amongst ourselves. I have seen people texting each other, while sitting at the same table in a restaurant, even before the pandemic.

Texting does have its place in this fast paced world we live in today, but it shouldn’t be used exclusively. For one thing, it should NOT be used to inform a loved one about a death in the family, or the birth of a new child. Something as important as that should be communicated sincerely using your own voice, with emotion, not with words or emojis. Texting was invented solely by the telephone wireless carriers to add a new paid service to your cellphone plans. Actually, texting is not new at all; it’s just a revamped earlier form of communication: teletype and Morse code.

Have you seen any of the latest YouTube videos? I have seen several product demonstration and product review videos without any verbal audio, or no audio at all.There are no narrators or announcers in most of these videos showing the latest gadgets, just a musical background. I’m not just talking about videos that were uploaded by the “average Joe,” but videos from the product manufacturers themselves. As a voice actor myself, this worries me. The videos show pictures or clips of the various products with subtitles on the lower screen. Why? Have we lost our ability to verbalize anything?

We as humans have been blessed with the power of speech. We were taught in schools to make vowels and to form words. What happened? The next time you feel the need to communicate with a loved one, try a novel idea: call them on the phone and talk to them. Let them hear your voice saying, hello! How are you?

Technology has a way of creeping into our lives with the hopes of making everything in life more convenient. We must all be diligent in how, where, and why we need the electronic device, before considering to make the often expensive purchase. Will it really make our chores easier, or much more complicated? Computers are wonderful when they operate properly, but what happens when they malfunction? Technology must be kept in its proper place at all times.

#Dont #Lose #Voice

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