Human communication is the foundation upon which we as human beings express ourselves and converse with one another. Most people seem to have their own ideas about what human communication is or what it may mean to them based on their personal experiences and personality. Communication does not always have to be the spoken word; body language, visual cues, personal experience and a myriad of other components help piece together what we know as human communication.
Body language is a key part of communication. A person’s body language can completely change the way you interpret a conversation. If someone has poor posture with their hands in their pockets or a lack of eye contact, you may think that they are apathetic about the topic. On the contrary, if they are upbeat and have positive body language, you may assume they truly do care about the topic at hand.
Tone is another key part of communication. The way that we hear and perceive things have a huge impact on communication. This is a big reason why it is easy to misunderstand what someone is saying through digital media if there are not any obvious indicators of the tone being used. A professor could tell a student to do their homework, but the tone at which how those words are spoken can be perceived as positive, negative, or neutral.
Visual cues communicate with us on a daily basis, whether it be walking into a classroom, driving down a busy strip, or going shopping, silent communication is being thrown at us regularly. People often find themselves walking towards something in a store simply because of the signage that is up. Visual cues can trigger emotional responses that can potentially dictate what you choose to do as a consumer.
Communication has evolved drastically over time. It is unfathomable to think of living in a world where there is no form of communication. It is a necessity that drives what we do, how we act and how people perceive us. Technology has added another dimension to our various forms of communication that we must keep up with in our busy, communication-driven worl