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9 August 2013 | Ken Turbitt Blog
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Stop, Listen and Converse
This week Ken looks at why phubbing has become a social curse that is killing the art of conversation...

  Ken Turbitt

We all know that technology has transformed our lives, some of it for the better and some not so.

Take our mobile phone which now does everything you can think of, including making a call! It's a personal assistant texting for you, rescheduling diary appointments, looking up information and reminding you of important things like birthdays. The trouble is we've now become addicted to these devices. We cannot stop looking at them, checking for updates, emails, new social network feeds, text messages and so much more, even alerting you to local deals to where you are standing. 

This addiction has started to interfere with our normal social skills. We would rather text than call someone; we would rather update Facebook than send a postcard or write a letter of thanks. But worst of all, we ignore those standing next to us, while checking an update. We even text people in the same room.

How rude has it all become, when we are talking to someone and then divert to checking our phone. We now show little respect to the real life individual. We do the same at social events, like dining with family and friends. It's become a social curse. We must learn to stop snubbing (or phubbing, as its now called, phone snubbing).

If we don't, soon we will start to have more respect for our handheld devices than we do for the people we love. We need to slow down, think about what's important to us, and recognise that it's the real life breathing people and not our device. Otherwise we become very superficial and prefer communication with a device. Life will become very strange. The art of conversation started to die once the TV took over our lives and now the smart devices are killing it. Worse, in my view, it's dumbing it down, changing the language used (only age group will be able to communicate with age group) it's impacting spelling (as texting starts the create its own language, a summary of a word) and limiting our attention span and reason to converse.
We need to stop and think NOW, before we walk blindly ahead and realise too late that we have killed something so valuable and precious that we all suffer for its loss. Please, talk to a human, put the phone down, socialise in person, not just online, and make an effort to retain politeness, maintain social skills, and let’s focus more on our fellow man, than on our latest device.
Stop, listen and converse.....

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