Just saw a fascinating story on NBC news this AM. Research shows that in spite of the fact that everyone feels they need to have a cell phone, the use of phones for calling others has gone down dramatically in the past few years, especially among those in their 20s and 30s.
In an interview on this news story, a twenty-something woman said, “It’s so awkward to talk directly to someone else. I prefer texting.”
This left me wondering if we are all losing our ability to communicate directly with another human being, and what this means in terms of the future of intimacy. I have recently discovered, after five years of intense involvement in the electronic online world of writing, that I prefer one-on-one relationships with real people. Sure I use e-mail for business communications, especially for people worlds away, but I want more person-to-person relationships in my life!
It is only when you sit in the same room with someone that you can genuinely connect and feel energized by the energy moving between you. Only then can you get immediate feedback on what you have said to them through body language, facial expression, and even just the vibes in the room.
Are our children losing the ability to enjoy the experience of relating directly to another human being? What a shame. Your views on this matter?