Video chat a wonderful tool for maintaining relationships
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 01:09
Most of us take our cameras on our phones, laptops and computers for granted, but they have revolutionized the way that we communicate with each other.
The ability to actually see someone you’re talking to without actually being near them at all — that’s a pretty big deal.
When I was young and I would watch cartoons or sci-fi, being able to video chat with someone was a very futuristic thing that would happen in 50 to 100 years, yet here we are.
At the first university that I ever went to, I took an American Sign Language class with a deaf instructor.
One time during class, her phone vibrated, and she quickly stepped outside to answer her phone. From where I was sitting in the classroom, I was still able to see her on her phone.
This was the first time I had realized how extraordinary video chat was.
She was able to talk to whoever called with video chat, face-to-face, signing with ease, with smiles included.
And especially now, living so far away from home, I’ve realized the power of communicating through video chat.
When I came to ETSU, I moved so far away from all the people I love, so I’m constantly Oovoo-ing and Skype-ing my friends, boyfriend and my sister.
I can still stay close to all of them, and even get a laugh or two, with my friend failing miserably to twerk for me as we depart from the video chat conversation.
That closeness you get with actually seeing the person while you talk to them is emotionally rewarding, and helps grow and maintain the relationship.
Texts, phone calls, snap chats and Facebook statuses don’t foster that closeness on the same level.
I, for one, don’t take this for granted. I know that many people all over the world, even here in these grand old United States, don’t have the luxury of just hopping on a camera to say ‘hi’ to a friend.
I feel that this once-fantasized piece of technology turned reality has made communicating with your loved ones something that nothing can replace, except of course the real person standing in front of you themselves.