Wireless talkers sell selves short

The only times I have considered homicide is when the “wireless generation” continues texting, emailing, Yelping, Instagraming, Facebooking, tweeting, etc., while I’m conversing.

If tried by a jury of my rotary-dial peers, I am confident I would be acquitted on the grounds of justifiable irritation-cide.

Misti Wall, Clovis High School graduate and communication consultant in Arizona, would disapprove of my High Plains justice, but understands the impulse.

“Never underestimate the value of face-to-face communication,” the Dog the Bounty Hunter fan says. “Ninety-six percent of communication is body language — shaking hands, touching, eye contact and facial expressions. Electronic communications hinder interpersonal skills.”

One of the advantages of in-person exchanges, according to Wall, is immediacy and feedback.

“With electronic communication, you may often wait hours or days to receive feedback.”

Wall, who has a Ph.D., in organizational learning and instructional technologies from the University of New Mexico, says showing up in person to communicate is a sign of respect.

“It shows you value the other person enough to invest time in them.”

Defying ivory-tower stereotypes by being a fan of the heavy-metal group KoRn, Wall says electronic communications make every message seem equally important.

The former high school English teacher discourages employers or educators from letting their employees or students text them.

“Texting a superior shows a lack of respect and puts both on the same level.”

An interesting tip the former debater offers is that people who obscure part of their face with a hand while talking are often not being totally truthful.

Wall, who was recently spotted banging her head to Great White with her sister, Vicki, at the Clovis Music Festival, recommended I get counseling before harming any students or their devices.

I will, and thank Wall for de-Misti-fying my dark impulses.


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