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Communication gap taking toll on family ties: Experts

india Updated: Nov 17, 2009 16:01 IST
HT Correspondent

Communication gap between the family members has widened with the growing ambitions and invasion of television into the lives of people in the city. Experts believe that the trend is jeopardising the relationship of the individuals within and outside the family contours.

The main reason for the communication gap is the sky-high ambitions of people, as they have set their targets very high, many a times beyond their potential. The family members spend their time for recreation by watching favourite programmes on TV or they remain too busy with their ambitious plans for improving their standard of living. The lack of communication among the family members is harming relationships.

According to the experts, the communication gap is causing lack of trust among the family members that leads to frequent fights among them. People don’t share their problems and joys and remain confined to themselves.

Deepak Pahuja, a BCA student said he does not get time to speak to his parents for several days, as they remain glued to the TV during the prime time when he reaches house after attending his computer classes. And, his parents remain out for the whole day as both are working.

Alok Bajpai, a psychiatrist said the communication gap has made the people confined and self-conscious and they lack friendly nature. “Modern trends have developed unwanted kind of communication known as ‘dig me communication’ in which the individual only talks about himself/herself. "

"Consequently, the individuals develop a kind of relationship with themselves and are just looking for someone to validate it and love them as much as they do,” said an expert.

Bajpai said the main victims of this trend were the elderly people. Asking about the solution for the senior citizens, Bajpai told that they must engage themselves in some activities to remain mentally healthy and they must get friendly with others living in their vicinity.

Another psychiatrist Dr Unnati Kumar said proper communication between the family members, especially with children, is very necessary. Lack of communication with children makes them vulnerable to bad habits.