Vocally and otherwise speaking, The world, evidently, gone crazy… And, unfortunately, it looks like it could be to the point of no return.
What has happened is that nobody speaks, especially on the phone. Everybody is texting and e-mailing and practically nobody communicates otherwise. Not necessarily any of those people have a voice problem; and that’s why they are afraid to speak. But, all of them, however, independently, have a problem in common; they simply do not know how to communicate anymore, (voice problem or not).
Some of them, primarily young people, who were born in this technological craze, evidently, had never been taught either how to hand write, nor how to read actual books, (not the internet mishmash), and let along speak, as even passing school tests, they had to respond in writing; choosing one answer out of 3 or 5 choices (multiple choice method).
How scary is that? Some of them cannot even sign their own name, unless electronically!
In my world, those, (the above described people), are often inquiring about either singing or speech lessons or, moreover, about non-surgical voice repair for their damaged or per-damaged voices. And guess what, they do not choose to speak to me over the phone, and they are e-mailing or texting to “death” until I give up answering in writing, as first of all, it is very time consuming and a lot of things are getting lost in translation. Moreover, I explain to these people that in order for me to know what I will be dealing with, I NEED to HEAR THEIR VOICE!!!
2 Days ago, It took me almost 6 hours in total to convince the person, with obvious speech impediment, to actually call me. During that call, I found out that I was conversing over the cyberspace with a young girl who was an University of Toronto business graduate and who would definitely never be able to find a job, unless she would fix her voice and her actual speech, which, in turn, would give her confidence and the ability to pass the job interview. I had no clue if it was a male or female, as she happened to have a unisex African name, which could be suitable for any gender.
What does that tell you about our society today?
My evaluation on the latter would not be getting very high marks.
But what is most frustrating is not even as much the young population who don’t know otherwise, but my generation and older, who knew and experienced relatively good and fulfilling lives without any electronic interference and then lived happily ever after. However, nowadays, even them, sometimes in the late 70’s, refuse to speak on the phone and bombarding me with e-mails and requests to fix their problematic vocal issues via Facetime or Skype!
What have they done for the last 60 years, and how did they manage to live and function without this electronic pollution, so to speak…
I personally feel very sad right now, as I am missing the times where and when, over my 30 year old business, I could speak with people over the phone, hear their voices, somewhat detecting the type of their personalities and then gladly was meeting them in person. Today, with all of this technology, I employ, minimum to say quadruple effort, and achieve, at best, to say less than a half results. Needless to say, the personal touch is greatly missing, and that I am mourning the most about.
The question is: if the people do not want to use their voice for any communication, why fix it? If they are, so to speak, being mute most of their awakened time, then why are they thriving to get their voices back? Isn’t that redundant?
In this society, to say it bluntly and sadly, they only need a “smart” phone and somewhat decent computer, and they are very well on their way…
It’s all good, but is it normal? Perhaps for the animals, it could be, but here, we are talking about human beings who, at least occasionally were (ordered by the Higher Power), to use their brains and their voices, for that matter.