Why do we find it so hard to disconnect from technology? We know from ample research and first hand experience, we are not good at multitasking. Our attention cannot be focused on multiple targets if we want to absorb the most information from any one of them. So, why do continue trying to be everywhere and do everything, all at once?
My sister likes to chat while we are online using Facebook and that’s ok. But, I can’t help wondering how many conversations she is juggling or how much of her attention I really have. I know that she often doesn’t have my full attention. Many times I am just writing a new blog post or reading another page while I am waiting for “ding…” to look up and see she is continuing our chat. Even so, I’m glad to chat with her because at least, we communicate more than we used to.
My favorite conversations with her happen during the all too infrequent times we visit in person. We usually sit at her kitchen table and talk over coffee. We see the expressions on each others’ faces and hear our voices change timber, volume and tone. And when she understands I am feeling down, she can reach across the table, take my hand, look me in the eyes, and tell me it is going to be alright.
If I really need to express how I feel, I would rather exchange a handwritten letter by mail than chat online. And texting is the worst form of communication ever invented. Apes communicate more effectively with gestures and shrieks than humans often do with iPhones. K? I mean, I was like OMG! CU 2moro GAFYK 4COL!
We are not computers! We are the most wonderful inventions of all time! We use five amazing senses for input. We can use body language, voice inflection, grunts, moans, hand signals, odors, touch and eye contact as output. All our I/O processes can have infinite nuances. We are human! So far, anyway…
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