Comment 31392

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted May 29, 2009 at 15:11:51

"Cavemen undoubtedly would have eventually killed a blabbermouth, focus-deficient, chronically-texting idiot to save the tribe." Nice.

I find myself a bit conflicted: I don't want to join Facebook, but I have since it lets me communicate more with teenagers I work with. Then, of course, it affects how I communicate with everyone. Cell phones are something I still won't own, but I'm sure I'll eventually have to.

Technology aside, I personally make an effort to get people together - especially of ages that wouldn't normally think of it - a couple in their twenties and couple in their fifties, or a party with everyone from 15 to 85 invited. I think we'v lost a lot of that.

I find often that acquaintances will be surprised if they're invited over to our house instead of to go out for lunch - no matter their age, financial status, or where they live. But I think there's value in doing that - even if there's a dirty dish or two in my sink and my windows aren't streak-free. (Or, if my sink is completely full of dishes).

To me, that gives some honesty back to personal interactions instead of keeping our homes as only our own.. and from what I understand, we've been shifting back this way culturally for a while anyways instead of just nesting/cocooning/etc.

Bit of a tangent, but those for me are strategies that move me beyond vital, but limited small-talk communication and into a more real and vital level.

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