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Have you noticed that these days we are all increasingly communicating by email, text message, Facebook or Twitter? It appears that making a phone call or having a face to face conversation is becoming less commonplace. When I’m out and about I notice that there are numerous young people with mobile phones in hand frantically thumbing text messages or accessing social media, rather than having a chat with those present. I’m beginning to think that the art of conversation is becoming obsolete!
Let’s face it, it is so much easier to communicate by email or text, particularly if what we want to say is of a sensitive nature. Employers can actually sack employees without having them make a scene in their office or having to console them when they break down into a tearful tirade. Boyfriends can dump girlfriends for the same reason. No more messy awkward conversations!
We have impersonalised a lot of things in our daily lives. We don’t go to Banks very often because we can do all of our banking by phone or internet. We don’t have to go to shops as we can purchase anything on the internet. We can buy our groceries, clothing, furniture, gifts and cars. We can make a bet on a horse race, we can order a meal or a call girl/boy, we can organise a holiday and even pay all of our bills. Increasingly we are having less face to face contact with people.
My kids have often texted me at home from downstairs when I’m upstairs to pass on a message or ask me a question rather than walk up the stairs to ask me in person. My hairdresser, dentist and beautician all confirm appointments by text message. I even got a reminder to pay my overdue power bill by text. My girlfriends and I organise our coffee or lunch dates by text, but at least once we are together we certainly have no problems having a good chat!
On the positive side however, it is much easier than ever to keep in contact with our loved ones who are overseas or interstate. Remember when the only form of contact was by a very costly long distance phone call or by snail mail? My husband says he never spoke to his parents when he was overseas for 12 months when he was in his early 20’s but he did write an occasional letter. I can’t imagine how difficult it was being a parent back then, not hearing from your children for months on end. I would be devastated. I used to get extremely worried if I didn’t hear from my son when he was overseas at least once a week!
I find it incredibly rude when someone sits at a dinner table with their family and friends and spends the entire time texting or Facebooking. I also hate it when people that you are in mid conversation with answer their mobile phones immediately when they ring. Anybody would think that the call was a matter of life or death – when really it is just some trivial matter!
The Y Generation seem to believe that they have this uncanny ability to text and drive at the same time which amuses me. I have even been in the car with my daughter when she has attempted this incredible feat! I immediately snatched the phone from her hands and got her to dictate her message to me so that I could text it for her. Her response was “Gee Mum, you are so slow at texting”. Oh well no-one is perfect I say to her, but it is better than being wrapped around a tree along the side of the highway!
I don’t know about you but I really hate it when the phone rings at home as it normally turns out to be a telemarketer or a charity asking for a donation. I mean to say, no-one rings my landline anymore – that is so yesterday! I have employed several strategies to get rid of those pesky telemarketers. The best one is to ask them to wait as “someone is at the door”, then place the phone off the hook for 5 minutes. Surprise, surprise when I finally return to the phone they are no longer there! Well so much for having a good conversation on the phone! I would much prefer to say it by email or Facebook!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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