One afternoon while trying to place some friends in the East Village in New York, I had this instant nagging need for a “phone” that would have a GPS so I could figure out my way. I quicky shunned that need and reached out to my phone to call the husband so he could help me with directions.
That is when I stopped. I looked around. I took a deep breath. I relaxed. I reminded myself that there are people around me I can very easily ask. Those people might think I am from the outer space for not carrying atleast one device that could help me find my way and decide with certainty that I am one of the poor tourists that come from the “other” side of the world. I knew that even though reluctantly, someone will help me find my way.
There are still people out there, right?.
I wonder if it is still considered okay to make polite conversation. I sense a growing population of people that cannot make “small” talk. I wonder if these people are capable of making any conversation at all? Does this generation have the ability to listen? Patience to process what they have heard and the intellectual capability to respond appropriately? Are we nurturing a generation that is so used to accessing everything at the click of a button that human interaction might soon become a thing of the past?
Do you ever hesitate to call a friend? Do you first text to make sure it is okay to call? Can you tolerate the sound of another human being for a whole ten minutes? Are we still humans?