In certain cases, social characteristics such as age, gender, financial level, and marital status might operate as communication impediments. Culture influences how we think and behave. It may be regarded as both shaping and being formed by our established communication habits. Communication is affected by culture in many ways, including what people say, how they say it, when they say it, where they say it, and with whom they say it.
Culture also affects how much we say. Some people like to talk a lot; others prefer to listen. Also related to what and how much to say is the issue of timing. People have different levels of patience when it comes to communicating. Some will wait until the right time comes, while others will get tired of waiting and move on. Finally, context is important. What we say depends on who is around and what type of conversation it is. If someone hears something they don't like, they might ignore you or walk away from the conversation entirely.
Social barriers to communication can arise for many reasons. For example, if one person in a relationship doesn't speak up for themselves, they are sending a message that they are not interested in having a voice in the relationship. If one person always has their needs met, then the other person won't feel comfortable bringing up concerns or issues that might need to be resolved.
Four things impact interpersonal communication: Language, belief systems, morals, viewpoint, and conventions are examples of cultural elements. Physical and social settings are examples of situational elements. Interpersonal communication is the exchange of information and feelings between people in order to create a relationship or accomplish a task.
Communication has two meanings: The first is the act of communicating, which is the flow of information from one person to another. The second meaning of communication is a representation of that act, such as a letter, email, speech, signal, note, painting, etc. The type of medium used to convey the message affects its form and content. For example, writing down your ideas allows you to organize them later while speaking allows you to express yourself more creatively.
In general, there are five types of interpersonal communications: Oral, written, visual, auditory, and tactile. People use all five types of communication in every day life. For example, when talking with someone, they will usually start out by listening to what you have to say and then responding with words or actions.
Oral communication is using your voice to tell others about yourself and what you want them to know. You do this by speaking words into the air (audibly) or into a device like a microphone (visually).
Cultural differences result in variances in behavior and personality, such as body language, thinking, communication, etiquette, conventions, and so on, which leads to misunderstanding. Culture establishes roles. Good communication between persons from various cultures may only occur if both parties accept their differences with an open mind. Otherwise, they might just see the world through their own narrow lens.
For example, consider American sign language. In America, deaf people use ASL, which is different from deaf people's native language. So when hearing people try to communicate with deaf people, they often use gestures instead of words because they don't know what else to do. However, for a deaf person, shaking his or her head "yes" and moving it back and forth means something very different than when someone who doesn't sign hears "yes."
Even when there are no signs, many other forms of non-verbal communication are used differently across cultures. For example, Americans tend to talk more freely and openly with strangers, while Asians usually prefer to build relationships step by step.
In conclusion, cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings in communication.