Hung up on phones

February 27, 2016

At all levels, society tends to form groups of people with similar lifestyles and interests that generally fit well together.

Drug users ‘‘hang out’’ with other drug users, while some occupational groups cling together and talk about nothing much except their work, and their limited outside interaction is absolutely boring to an uninterested person.

It had never really been any different. People do ‘‘cluster’’ where the believe they best belong.

Apparently, if you are among a group of like-minded people, then all is perfect.

Broad and meaningful conversation is ever more rare. There are so many distractions that conversation is often interrupted and a lost cause.

The digital age is wonderful, but has its human effect been negative?

I suggest it has. The portable appliance call takes absolute priority, no matter that it breaks a person-to-person exchange of thoughts and ideas.

Have you ever tried to chat on a major city suburban train? There’s no point, no one is interested in a friendly chat anyway, it just is an interference on the close attention given to a communication appliance.

And too, it’s not just an older person’s view, age has nothing to do with that.

A pleasant conversation, albeit short, is rewarding, and an ages-old ability to articulate defined communication skills have long belonged to the province of mankind, and to a small number of intelligent marine and land animals.

Losing, or ignoring, the possible loss of this great human advantage in common understanding must not be seen as ‘‘human progress’’ but maybe more like a retreat into past isolation and confinement.

Submitted by Rex Tooley, Shepparton

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