I am in no way ripping on technology I assure you, I love it. I am also not proclaiming to be the high-standard for 100% correct communication 100% of the time because I too have used my voicemail and caller ID to screen calls. Sometimes when I write stuff with a traditional implement I think it would be so much easier to type. No, this is much more serious an issue. The issue that the art of the face to face communication has been on a downslide. Emails and blogs are comfortable, expressing feelings with times, helvetica or arial without having to see the reaction on the receivers face. no, that face can be what ever we imagine it would be. We're steadfast behind the LCD but when we have to gaze into someone else's eyes our stomachs bubble, our knees get weak, we try to end the conversation as quickly as possible so we may retreat to our self comfort zone of awesomeness. So much easier to answer that question over the email or via text message.
While I enjoy multi-tasking communication topics electronically. I often miss the face to face discussion. Most recently there I was the initiator of a discussion that was less than comfortable. Yes this was a doozy with so much potential to shame and embarrass both parties involved. I loved it. Granted the conversation could not be completed in the alloted time we had so it felt a bit rushed and I don't think that both parties got to present information but I soo wish it could have been set aside and continued at a later time. There was no time to visually assess facial expressions or subject reaction much less get the feeling of satiety from a nicely completed conversation.
As we all enjoy our quick paced lives and short, to the point electronic communications, lets try and remember to seize those face to face communication times and enjoy them to the fullest.