The Current Nature Of Human Relations

The nature of human relations is evolutionary. It changes over time as our society
adjusts to our ever-changing environment. These changes can be positive or negative, and
sometimes necessary changes have both positive and negative consequences on our lives.
It seems that the overall nature of current human relations can best be determined by
examining human interaction in a few key areas. Interaction in the workplace, the school,
and the home, as well as interaction among strangers, can be analyzed to provide an
accurate description. There are many factors that can have an effect on our interaction in
each of these settings.
The workplace is an environment in which there is generally a high degree of
personal interaction. Recent technological advances have made it much easier for people
to communicate with one another. The emergence of the Internet in the 1990's has forever
changed the way that people will interact with one another. E-mail has become a way to
connect with co-workers anywhere in the world. No longer is one confined to only
communicating with people in their department or office.

The increasing popularity of
cellular phones had also changed human relations. One can now be reached virtually
anytime, anywhere. Although technology has made human relations easier in the
workplace, it has also decreased the amount of face-to-face interaction. Technology has
also created the virtual workplace, where people can work from the confines of their own
home. This has drastically reduced the amount of personal interaction between workers.
The cultural diversity of the typical workplace has increased greatly over the last decade.
This increase in diversity has come from a couple of sources. First, many companies were
forced to diversify to comply with equal opportunity laws. Second, companies began to
discover that people from different ethnic backgrounds were helpful in working with a
wide spectrum of customers. Regardless of the reasons, this increasing diversity in the
workforce has caused a change in human interaction. People are now being exposed to
others with many different cultural backgrounds, beliefs and customs. This has forced
people to expand their horizons and learn the proper ways to relate to people from other
cultures. Many times language barriers exist, and it can be difficult to establish effective
communication. The threat of violence has been an increased concern for many
companies. Workers today feel as though they are just one part of a machine, and could
easily be replaced. This has degraded the quality of personal interaction in the workplace.
It seems that this trend toward violent behavior is crossing the generation gaps
and invading our schools as well. Advancing technology and growing diversity are
having an impact on the environment of schools across the nation. These aspects of
change are having many positive influences on the quality of education available to our
students. Advances in computers and the internet make limitless amounts of information
accessible to students. Cultural diversity in schools helps children to learn at a young age
that there are many things that can be learned from other people's cultures. These changes
are very important to society as a whole because they indicate that future generations will
be more accepting of differences and better able to accommodate others. These social
skills that children learn at school have a strong impact on how they will relate to others
throughout their lives.
Nearly everyday people face situations in which they interact with strangers.
These interactions are very common, since one naturally meets new people while going
about one's daily routine. The nature of human relations between strangers is complex
and dependent upon certain situations. Most of the time these interactions are polite or at
the least non-committal. Unfortunately, there seems to be a trend in recent times towards
distrust and outright violence in a growing percentage of these daily social interactions.
Communication with strangers involves relatively greater degrees of uncertainty thus
people may feel higher levels of anxiety. This may explain the growing number of people
who are choosing to interact with strangers via Internet chat rooms. In this situation there
is no face-to-face contact, so people do not have to worry about how they are perceived if
they were to make a mistake. Anxiety is reduced, making this interaction between
strangers easier.

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