Communication is something that occurs everywhere in our world. We all communicate with each other using different methods. And we've all done for millions of years. Have you ever wondered what would happen if we were all to stop communicating with one another?
You might not believe it, but if we didn't communicate with each other it could spell the end of the world as we know it! That might sound like a far-fetched notion, but it could happen. Here's what may occur if we lacked communication skills today:
We learn how to communicate with one another as soon as we are born. Babies cry when they want something or are in pain. As they get older, they develop other communication skills. From an early age, children learn how to communicate by reading, writing and speaking. Some may even learn sign language.
By the time we reach adulthood, we develop the ability to communicate effectively. When a person lacks communication skills, one emotion that soon appears is frustration. We will get frustrated because we can't convey our message across to other people.
In the business world, communication is an essential skill everyone must have. Without it, frustration is one of many negative effects that soon occur.
Lack of efficiency
It doesn't matter whether you communicate at home or work. Without such a vital skill as communication, things won't get done as expected. For instance, let's say that you have to achieve a particular goal and you need someone's help with it.
Without communication, you won't receive that help. That means you'd have to try and do things on your own. As you can imagine, that results in a lack of efficiency.
Increased scope for errors
Another problem with having no communication skills is the scope for mistakes. A lot of tasks you do each day will no doubt need the help of other people. Sure, you could try to do stuff by yourself. You might even complete the tasks you have to carry out.
Still, you increase the chance of mistakes happening if you can't communicate with others. When you have to work as part of a team, it's crucial you converse with your peers. Otherwise, how else will you know if you're doing something right or wrong?
Imagine if you're on a desert island, and you have no-one for company. There are no birds or animals, for example; you're entirely alone on the island.
At first, the idea of being alone might sound like bliss. After all; you're away from the "noise" that people make on a daily basis. But, you'll soon not feel like doing anything. In essence, you end up with low morale.
If we could not communicate with each other, that is exactly the situation that can occur. We'd all be doing our own thing, and unable to seek help or assurances from others. We'd soon feel like there's no point of doing anything!
Lack of expression
From the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we go to sleep, we express ourselves in different ways. For instance, if we're happy about something we'll smile. If we find something funny, we'll laugh. And annoyances can make us frown and be angry.
To convey those expressions and more, we need communication. If we didn't have that, how else could we show others how we feel about stuff?
No way of learning new skills
Each of us has a set of skills that we use in our daily lives. Some skills are useful at home or in a social setting. Others get used in a work setting and help us to do our jobs.
When it comes to learning a new skill, it's clear that one needs to have communication skills. We need the ability to ask questions about things we don't understand, for example. And we need a way to ask others for help when carrying out tasks.v
If communication ceased to exist, it would not be possible for anyone to learn new skills. As you can imagine, that's a big problem!
Lack of innovation
Let's say that people stopped communicating with one another right now. How could we improve on existing products and processes used in our lives? Innovation would no longer exist. Why? Because we'd have no way of pointing out any issues or convey our ideas. Nor could we dismiss existing items that don’t work as expected.
As you can see, communication is vital to all of us, regardless of where we use such skills.
Source: Vine 6