Tips On Communication

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Apply these secret techniques to improve your communication skills.

When considering the fact that communication between people has changed dramatically over recent years, it is even fair to say that it has actually changed most over the last two or three years. Ever since the phenomenal smartphone came into contention. Young people and because the overwhelming number of young people are students, it is assumed that this group leads the way in changing communication habits, but this not necessarily so. Yes, student do use their smartphones to communicate among each other and to Google answers to any questions they want to find out about, but  many other people in the community are also doing the same. In fact even soldiers serving in war zones overseas frequently remain in contact with friends and relatives back home on Facebook.

From the telegram to the computer

Before we delve too far into the changing ways we communicate we only have to go back a few years to realise that most communication was once carried out by writing letters to each other. The local post office was a very busy place and people working away from home always held the time of mail arrivals very dear to their hearts. Faster communication could be achieved by sending a telegram. As telephone communication improved many found it convenient to ring each other and the sending of a telegram started to decline but the biggest change in communication happened only recently when the world of computerisation came into our lives.

The computer brought with it the Internet

With computers came the ability to access the internet and this marvel of communication meant that overnight the whole world actually became the global village people had been fantasying about for so long. Suddenly a person in China was able to sell a product directly into the countries of the western world and the transaction necessary to pay for it could be completed electronically immediately. Young people weren't challenged by this new phenomena, they embraced it right from the start and when they travelled to other countries they could keep in touch with family and friends through Skype.

Mobile phones changed the scene forever

It was when mobile phones came on the scene and it was found they could also send and receive data messages it was felt that nothing in communication was ever going to be the same again. Students and others could be seen all over the world walking the streets with their eyes focused intently on a small screen texting away madly with their thumbs. The person they were texting could even be in the same room. Nobody need ever be alone again, even if they only spoke to each other on infrequent occasions. You could even exchange perfect pictures instantly and the social media boomed.

Smartphones and the social media

To capitalise of the popularity of the smartphone, mobile phone providers made free calls available for people calling each others’ mobile. This encouraged the use of the mobile phone to talk about the most frivolous of matters. Free texting then came to the fore and email was starting to be left for business use only. From there it was only a matter of time before Facebook became a social 'must.' You could communicate generally with your friends on Facebook so that all could join in if they felt they could contribute to the conversation but if you wanted your message to be a private one between only yourself and the recipient of your message you could also do this.

Facebook - the modern day town notice board

Students found that Facebook allowed them to keep in touch with friends after they graduated into University. Even fellow students who had gone to different universities in another state, or indeed another country could still be kept as friends. The use of Facebook also became a necessity if you wanted invites to different social functions taking place in your new environment. Most invites are now sent out online and if you are not in the loop you will miss out. No longer will anybody go to the trouble of contacting you personally.

To have a successful social life at university these days you will have to go online many times during the day to keep abreast with what is going on around you. You can do this on your laptop, notebook or desktop PC but it is far more convenient to keep in touch with your smartphone. Your computer is an invaluable tool for researching, finding information connected with your studies, shopping online to keep your living costs down and for general web browsing. It is also ideal for keeping up with the latest news as it happens or for catching up on TV shows that you have missed. Whatever you do in life a computer will be an integral part of it and your smartphone will keep you connected to the 'right' people.

Instant messages whet the communication appetite

One of the reasons why the internet has become so valuable as far as social media and for instant communication generally, is that 4G mobile is giving a comparable speed to laptops and smartphones on the move while out and about as to that you can expect on your fixed line desktop. Wi-Fi also means you can stay online when visiting with friends or having a meal in an internet cafe.

Online while travelling

Students travelling the world can be seen going online these days in far away places such as on a river junk boat in Vietnam as it glides among the beautiful mountain scenery of Halong Bay. Internet cafe's in Egypt commonly have computers available with two keyboards, one of them in English, so that while travelling you can go online to see what is happening back home. Students and others, are also commonly seen accessing the internet high up in the Swiss Alps on Jungfrau Mountain. No matter where you may find yourself you are now able to get immediate contact with the people you love and the organisations you depend on through the wonders of the internet by going online.

The internet aids in living frugally

Student, by their very nature, have to live as frugally as possible as it is a period in their lives when they are not earning their own incomes. If you are a student, or any other person who wants to save as much in living costs as you possibly can, you will find that you can save a lot of money buy buying what  you need online. The competition online is much more intense than that experienced in town shopping centres and you can buy instantly from anywhere in the world. This means far cheaper prices. Many are finding that they can now shop online by using a smartphone or tablet, even while in a bricks and mortar store checking on the quality and price difference.

Buying your smartphone

When buying your internet plan you will have to remain alert to exactly what you are buying into. Many students these days are happy with a smartphone alone. Others want to combine their smartphone with mobile internet access for their laptop. Others again might be content with their home broadband connection to their desktop PC and an iPad or tablet for carrying around. Whatever your choice you will be sure to get a good deal if you select carefully as long as you fully understand your own habits, or future intentions, such as will you be mostly SMS texting, or will you do most of your communicating on Facebook or Twitter.

Other tips that could help you with your decision include the following:

  • Make certain whatever you choose has enough data download capacity to be of any use. Anything under 500mb a month will basically be useless.
  • Be honest with yourself regarding your usage habits. Even if you have to pay a little more to get a good deal it will be better than exceeding your cap each month.
  • Talk openly with friends to find out what their experiences have been. Friends who have tried many plans before settling on the one they now have can save you a lot of trouble finding out for yourself the hard way.
  • It is not always necessary to buy a phone with your plan. This will depend a lot on what use you are going to put your phone usage to but don't allow yourself to be swayed by a slick sales pitch if you feel that is not what you really want. You could be better off financially by buying the phone outright rather than have it included in the plan.
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