(PRWEB) January 31, 2013
According to a recent New York Times op ed piece, a young boy who spends a considerable amount of time texting lamented, “Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I’d like to learn how to have a conversation.” Studies over the last decade have shown that electronic communication, including emails, text messaging, and even cell phones strain business and personal relationships because of the lack of nonverbal clues, the encouragement of egocentric perspective, and a tendency toward isolation.
Yalda T. Uhls and Patricia M. Greenfield of the Children's Digital Media Center Los Angeles in a recent white paper wrote, “Human beings evolved for face-to-face communication. The presence of another person in the flesh triggers important human emotions such as empathy. We may be reducing such emotions in developing human beings by reducing face-to-face communication and augmenting electronic communication”.
Prominent lawyers and educators Robert A. Esperti and Renno L. Peterson in their just released book Face-To-Face (Quantum Press, ISBN 978-0-9850456-3-0) agree that electronic communication has adversely affected the art of conversation, but go on to show that without understanding what a conversation means, even those who believe they converse well tend to fall into habits that hinder their relationships. They take a humorous look at common conversational habits, and then offer building blocks and insights that will help everyone, no matter what their age or status in life, build better relationships through better conversational skills.
Lloyd Schermer, past Chairman of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, former Chairman and EEO of Lee Enterprises, the nations’ fourth largest newspaper agrees, and states, “If you listen to the wisdom of [Face-To-Face], you and your relationships will be far the better for it.”