I’ve noticed lately and really it’s been the last however many years that texting, emailing and being behind a computer has taken over our lives, that we sure don’t like to “talk” to each other anymore. I talk for a living. Whether it’s on the radio, hosting an event or I’m giving a Breast Cancer speech…clearly, I have no problem talking. lol But, I will admit, sometimes it is just easier to have quick conversations via text message or email. Unfortunately, I have also noticed that when there are tough conversations, people now have a tendency to take to writing emails instead of talking. When people feel upset about a situation, they post passive-aggressive posts on social media, ya know…secretly (or not-so-secretly) hoping that the person it is directed to or someone that person knows, will see their posts. I have even watched people in romantic relationships have super important conversations allllll through text messages.
The other day I was talking to a girlfriend and she told me her middle school son was texting with a girl that he has a crush on. Now, they’ve been texting for a while but when his mom asked him certain questions about the girl’s interests, he had no idea. He knew nothing about her because they barely speak in person…it’s always via text. Another friend is having full on important family conversations via email. Conversations that should happen face-to-face. Another friend was even having job discussions with a potential employer via text message.
Maybe it’s just me, but it kind of scares me that this is what we are turning into…a society/generation that doesn’t communicate unless it’s through technology…behind a screen. It makes me sad. I jokingly said to a girlfriend, “maybe our kids will grow up to be so annoyed by this whole technology thing that they will revert to being “old-fashioned” and wanting to “kick it old school” and talk on the phone again. Talk in person again. Go on dates and get to know each other.” Wow…wouldn’t that be great?! We both laughed.
What do you think? Are our relationships doomed? Are our kids doomed?
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