Word choice matters. We know that. Whether something is said seriously or satirically, it has been chosen intentionally. Information is constantly being condensed and presented in summary form. Different media outlets vie to capture your attention and they need to do so in a manner that is interesting, informative, and quick. If something takes too long you may leave to find your “news” elsewhere.
The point is: get to the point.
This pattern of condensing even extends to real-life conversations. Recently, I’ve noticed a growing number of introductions begin with “This is Mary she’s a Cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic.” All that needs to be said about Mary is her profession and where she works? As if that were enough to give the listener great insight into who Mary is? Why can’t I learn about Mary just by having a conversation with her and slowly discovering who she is, what she does, and what she cares about?
Is this behavior a result of the overwhelming amount of information and distractions that come with the digital age? Or do we take pride in the weight that descriptors like – Yale. Doctor. CEO. President’s Wife – hold, thus choosing to narrow down who we are to these attention-grabbing buzz words?