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Speaking in images

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Images are the new status updates. They speak louder than words.

Mobile cameras and instant connectedness allow us to communicate visually. All you have to do is share a photo with a location or an expression, or both, and we’ll get it. It may even feel more human. Says director of psychology research Dr. Pamela Rutledge from the Media Psychology Research Center:

“We are hard-wired to respond to faces.”

Today, every message seems to be in image format. Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat are thriving without captions. Twitter and Facebook are also going this way.

Technology is advancing rapidly yet we’re all acting like distant cavemen. How often do you speak to someone through a screen rather than face to face?

Images are incredibly powerful but they’ll never replace the need for words and the rawness of physical interaction.

The point of sharing stuff with each other digitally is to inspire doing things together in real life so we can ultimately speak in sound.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.