Have we lost the art of conversation?

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When people are together in a family, which happens all but only a few minutes a day, each one wants to tend electronic gadgetry or feign tiredness. The art of conversation should be our oxygen, we should be endlessly interested in people – at least the family – and find time in our lives to make face to face conversations. I agree with the blogger here completely.

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This recent think-piece in The New York Times argues that we have:

At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re on dates…

We’ve become accustomed to a new way of being “alone together.” Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be. We want to customize our lives. We want to move in and out of where we are because the thing we value most is control over where we focus our attention. We have gotten used to the idea of being in a tribe of one, loyal to our own party.

One of the rituals my husband and I enjoy is my driving him to the commuter train station in the morning. It’s only about 10 minutes door…

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