Reposted because we can never hear this too much!
I am mystified as to what exactly has happened to us. It wasn’t that long ago that we wanted to talk to one another.
The sound of the phone ringing could bathe us in endorphins, anticipation and wonder. What phone??
The change began when we all bought that first answer machine. Yes, the thrill of the little red light blinking fed our sense of wonder as we pressed the button to see what we had “missed” while we were away. And from there, we began the process of “natural selection”…hmmmmmm, now we could decide who we wanted to talk with, and when, and IF.
Today our phones rarely ring, replaced by chirps and swooshes and chimes that tell us we don’t have to talk at all. We can text! A complete language has developed, RU aware of that? Not only does it mean we don’t HAVE to talk to anyone, we can communicate in fewer words or no complete words at all.
Someone worried about the lack of emotion in our texting and emailing came up with cute little emoticons so that we could really “express” ourselves. And this is where the trouble begins.
If you have ever used texts to communicate with someone you love about issues that would be best said face to face and gone down the trail of misunderstanding you know the price we are paying for abandoning real communication. Even when your keyboard is full of emoticons, it isn’t possible in a text to tell someone how you feel, what you need or how much you miss hearing their voice.
The next time you are feeling lonely, sad, happy, confused, loving or sexy, pick up the phone and let the person you love feel that with you.