I was on the phone, talking to my friend, Ben. This is something we’ve done for 35 years. We kept talking over each other; interrupting the flow of the conversation. It was frustrating. I was the main perpetrator so I apologized.
Ben feels we’ve lost the ability to converse, collectively speaking, due to the heavy use of computers. People no longer talk to each other. They communicate via devices. He pointed out, when you’re texting, it’s just you, talking. You’re communicating something but you’re not listening. It was an astute observation.
I quickly recalled various, recent conversations I’d had. Specifically, I’ve been talking to doctors and having this same issue. I resolved right then, to try to fix it.
Ben doesn’t think it can be fixed. He may be right about that in the big picture, but I hope he’s not right in the personal or the individual picture. I can see it now. There is something I want to say, so I get my device and I say it. Somehow, I have to find a way to alter this. Fast, before my voice becomes indistinguishable from AI, which also answers questions that weren’t asked.
I’ve maintained this site for nearly 20 years. If I think about it, more and more, people seem like they’re yelling to make their point. It’s like a smackdown or a slap ‘cross the face. I would not want to get on the phone with a person like this and I am going to be trying very hard not to be a person like this.
Can you see long-term effects of so much of our communication taking place via a device?