A friend had just returned from a dinner party and was quite dismayed. No, not by the choice of wine or fish vs. chicken, but the fact that no one seemed to know how to carry on a deep, reasonable, insightful, conversation of substance.
Think about the last dinner with friends, how many people were glued to their mobile devices?
People haven’t lost the art of the conversation; they are simply having too many conversations – all at the same time.
People are glued to their cell phones and or whatever mobile device they’re on at the moment. People don’t talk to each other in person because they conversing via photos, status updates, tweets, RT’s, messaging, and fill in the blank. Not to mention notifications notifying us that something, somewhere is happening.
I have no problem with these apps, my phone is jam-packed filled with them too, but it’s really no wonder the art of conversing in person makes people nervous, it’s become a foreign concept to us.
I’m not going to be one of these advocates who say, “Put your phone away while we eat!” I shouldn’t have to. People should just want to. (I’m laughing hysterically after writing that last sentence!)