Friday, January 30, 2009
Is the Art of Conversation Dead?
When I was in high school, I was not a "partier," but would not be averse to going to parties because I loved rooms full of people. I'm quite the opposite now! My idea of a good time would be a quaint gathering of a few people just mingling or playing games. I love conversation!
But am I one of a rare breed of conversationalists? We've gone from actually calling someone to texting them (which I, too, am guilty of.) I had one friend who said she preferred texting so she didn't get stuck on the phone. On the other hand I had a friend who didn't answer texts because "if you were a good friend you'd want to talk." Look at twitter. I'm a big fan of twitter, but you are restricted to X amount of characters in your posts- hard to carry on a conversation. But, on the other hand with that, would you have conversations with these people in real life? Perhaps, perhaps not.
And then there's the times when I TRY to have conversations with people. It's like beating a dead horse. Sometimes I feel like I should take a vow of silence because either I am that uninteresting that no one cares what I have to say or fewer people these days are actually into intelligent conversation. Has television fried are brain in that we can't respond, only listen and not intently?
I would like to bring back the conversation. Put down the remote, give your text fingers a break and call someone! Invite them for coffee, have a chat over a game of Monopoly or speak your woes to a psychiatrist- hey, it's a thought. Let's revive this past time- perhaps we'll drudge up some brainwaves that had been growing cobwebs since our school days.