It seems that communication has reached new heights and fallen to new lows in one fell swoop over the past decade. With communication literally being at the fingertips of most individuals in the modern world, people can snap and share photos, comments, and countless other personal tidbits faster than you can count to three. The reality of digital communication is that it’s more unchecked yet more permanent than communication has ever been. With that reality comes a much heavier responsibility and potential significance than a single hard copy of a letter could ever have hoped to achieve and yet, most people flippantly send their communication into the ether without so much as a blink.
I, personally, still compose emails as I would craft a handwritten letter and employ personal moral checks in addition to my spelling, grammar, and syntax checks to make sure the message I am sending is fully reflective of the message I am meaning to convey. Digital communication is convenient and beneficial in all settings, but especially so in the professional setting because it can be used as written record. However, as is with all written records, having something in writing inherently includes accountability. Yet, when we listen to the news or speak with today’s youth, there is a familiar refrain of misuse and miscommunication in the digital world. The possibilities for miscommunication have exponentially multiplied in recent years, and it’s up to us as digital communicators to establish boundaries, etiquette, and standards for digital communication if we are to protect ourselves and others. The more we weigh and consider the possible repercussions of our digital message to the world before sharing it, the better off we will be and the more our good reputation will be ensured.