Saving the Art of Conversation in a Smartphone Age

You’re probably thinking that this is just another article about how we can all stay connected on a global scale by using smartphones, social media, etc.

And that the world will benefit from these fantastic advances in communications.

Well actually, it’s not!

This is an article about how smartphones are now killing the art of conversation, and also basic connectedness on a very personal level.

We have all seen people in bars and restaurants, where there is a table of 4 people all with their smartphones texting, tweeting, and Facebooking and not one of them is talking to a person sitting at that table.

Not only have I seen it, I have been one of those people, tweeting or checking in on work email.

I have been so busy staying connected that I have lost the personal connection with the person sitting 2 feet away from me, sometimes this is my children and more often than not it’s my wife.

This is almost getting to an epidemic state, and I know I am not the only one.

The next time you’re in a public place just put your phone away for a moment and take time to look at all the others and what they are doing, and how little connection they have with the people around them.

We need to redress this balance, we need to find time for the people who are right there in front of us, and relearn the art of conversation before we lose it permanently.

I can’t promise to be perfect, but as of now, I am going to make a concerted effort to give the people I am with 100% of my attention.

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