Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Silent Conversation


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I remember when a silent conversation was nothing more than a dialogue in my head. Fast forward to today and it is the preferred way to converse. Last night Jimmy and I were discussing what the "good old days" will look like for us when we reach the golden years, and we are convinced that it will go something like this.

"Back in my day we picked up the phone and actually spoke to each other."
"In the good old days we enjoyed physical human contact."

Honestly, I am already saying these things. The invasion of the "silent conversation" has infiltrated the minds of all generations, so much so that people hesitate to pick up the phone and call someone for fear of "bugging" them. It is time to get off the electronics and move around. Get some air, hug a loved one, and please put away your smart phone during dinner. Physical contact is much more gratifying so please don't let electronics come in the way of being human.

3 weekend simples . . .

Talk . . . Don't Instant Message

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Tell . . . Don't Type A Loving Message

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Physically Interact With Something Other Than Your Keyboard

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23 comments:

  1. This is so true! I just looked at my phone and the only person I had a conversation today with was Jared. Need to change this!

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  2. LOVE. People dont even know how to hold conversations or actually contact someone anymore because they dont have to dd it! I draw the line at getting asked out over text message HECK NO! Number 2 is my favorite, things can become so unpersonal over a message and so much better face to face :)

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  3. I love this, Marcie. Those three tips and the accompanying photos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Perfection, my dear -- time to step away from my screen!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  4. LOVE! I feel the same way, these days it's way to impersonal, we need more genuine interaction!!!

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  5. It's so sad that people can't do something as simple as have a conversation with another person. I see it all the time at school, people won't be able to speak with you face to face, but put a keyboard in front of them and suddenly they feel comfortable enough to have a conversation. Sad day.

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  6. Great post with very true points made! I am scared to see what the future holds as far as communication via electronics is concerned.

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  7. What a great post! Hopping over to say hello and happy Thursday.
    Hugs, Katherine

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  8. totally true! i type so much of what i want to say when it would take less time to just SAY it! thanks, marcie!

    and here's a little award for ya!

    http://pursuitofllt.blogspot.com/2011/01/happiness-is.html

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  9. Great post Marcie! I take your challenge! :)

    xo anna

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  10. I couldn't agree with you more. I used to always just set my phone on the dinner table and now I find it extremely rude and a great way for a date to start off WRONG.

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  11. I agree!!!! I am constantly in a situation where I am in a group of friends and most of them are on their cell phones a lot during the time we are all together. It's like why can't people just be away from their phone for a few hours?!

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  12. I love this post, Marcie. I feel like it's so important that we remember how to communicate with words instead of text, or we'll lose these communication skills forever. I always prefer a conversation with a friend instead of an e-mail or text. I'm going to work harder at making these conversations happen during 2011. Thanks for the reminder!

    xo
    Valerie

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  13. I so agree with you - it's kind of scary to think about how much digital is taking over our lives! To think we are the last generation who knows what its like growing up without a computer or cell phone. yikes!!
    And happy new years!!! hope you had an amazing holiday :)

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  14. Marcie I am so with you on this. I wish we lived closer together and could have coffee/tea and chat. Your posts lately have been reading my mind and it's really solidified my need to get back in touch with my life. It sounds nuts, but it's true. Thanks so much.

    xo,
    C

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  15. I completely agree with you!!! I am getting really bad myself. I'd rather text than have a convo anymore. I don't like to spend the time. I need to start though. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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  16. i read a post of 25 things that are gone/almost gone that our kids will not know of...like the yellow pages, rotary phones, record players, etc.

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  17. I absolutely LOVE your blog and so happy I came upon it. I enjoy hugging and loving, my favorite things. Love how you express yourself!!

    Hope you'll come say hello. http://loveiseverywhere.blogspot.com/

    Kate
    xoxo

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  18. yes to human contact! more and more ;)
    it will makes us all more healthy, happy and surrounded by loved ones ♥

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  19. Ahh this is so true! I find myself using technology only to communicate and it's not good!

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  20. Hi Marcie - you are so right of course. I really struggle to see my kids with their head buried in an ipod or on the computer. I am always saying 'go outside!!'. But it's what they know - they never had anything different. Their generation of technology will go beyond what we only imagined (and I know you are much younger than me so you have a headstart but even so!!) Thanks for your lovely comments this week - another giveaway today that you might like - handbag!!! Lou xx

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  21. Hi! I found your blog via For the Love of Blogs.

    I couldn't agree more. My husband and I talk about this subject a lot. I am scared for our son, and what it's going to be like for him. USA Today had a great article on Dec. 31st, titled "2010: The Year People Stopped Talking."
    Your post reminded me of it. Sadly though, we have to really challenge ourselves to put the iPhones, iPad, etc... away for the night.

    Anyhow... looking forward to reading your blog!

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  22. Couldn't agree more! I can't stand when people try to have text message conversations with me.

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