Daily Nugget of Gold 846
The author here has a confession to make. Don’t laugh. We were sitting here at the keyboard looking for some diversion from the stuff that we really know we should be doing, checking emails, looking at websites when all of the sudden we became curious about whether it warmed up outside that afternoon. This is the part that is pathetically funny, our first thought was to go to the website we frequent for local weather forecasts and check out what they say the current temperature is outside. Now, aside from us having this strange affinity for writing in the third person plural, we are coming down with an extreme case of laziness and detachment. You know, the outdoor thermometer is available for viewing from the inside of our kitchen window and we have doors and windows from where we can actually thrust a body part out into the great outdoors and use our sense of feeling to gauge it.
Why would we choose the detached, somewhat more inaccurate method over the first-hand see-for-yourself method? Well, one thing we said already was laziness, we won’t minimize that, but the other motivating factor and the reason we’re writing this now is this: We have grown comfortable with being detached. On this, we are far from alone. Calling, texting, messaging, emailing- all of these are ways we interact with other people without being in the other person’s presence. Now, in a lot of ways these things have enabled us to be closer to each other, and in fact, many would argue too close. There is something to be said about the undesirable intrusion into our otherwise private times of the day, isn’t there?
Anyhow, we’re not here to talk about our diminishing privacy, that’s a subject for another day. We’re here to talk about detachment today. “Huh? Wait, you just said…..” Yeah, we know, but there is this thing about 85%, give or take a nickel, of all communication being non-verbal. If that’s true, then how do these other forms get by on a mere 15% or so of what once was? Not well. It’s not uncommon for people to jump to the wrong conclusions, to take something literally when we meant it figuratively, is it? Heck, people often read us wrong in person, but it’s far more likely to happen when we aren’t face to face.
Wouldn’t it be a great idea to gain back a little more of our private time and in exchange for that, strive to communicate a little more on an in-person level? We’re thinking that the digital age came on us a bit too suddenly for us to clearly see what we’ve lost compared to those gains we’ve made. Just some food for thought.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to regain some of the genuine personal connection with others in my life?”
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