This means you can no longer send (or receive) copied and pasted complex, multi-syllable words in text form to the person you're chatting up. You actually have to use your words and your voice to articulate what you're saying, similar to having a real conversation. Remember, those days?
Certainly receiving a handwritten note will brighten your recipient's day, but it also signals that you hold your relationship in high regard; that you have a great amount of respect for your friend, family member or colleague; and that you wish to continue to build upon the relationship, and that is quite something special.
There are a lot of really awful things happening in the world right now. Fear, though an important mechanism for survival, is also something that can stop you from having a real human experience. There ARE good people in this world. You just have to be open to them. As strange as it may sound to you, a professional cuddler specializes in this kind of thing.
Your face reflects the internal narrative that you allow to take up space in your brain. It mirrors the voice in your head. Have you tuned into yours lately?
What happens when the tools that are supposed to connect us end up segregating us and making us feel excluded? The overuse of social media and the subsequent underuse of real-world skills has resulted in difficulty for many to socialize meaningfully -- leading to feelings of loneliness, social anxiety and depression.
Social media digitally connects us to the world's latest news and trends. All of this is convenient, but I believe it comes at a cost -- the loss of what I like to call "the human connection." Recently, I went on a trip with my wife and in-laws and discovered that the human connection does still exist, and to my surprise it was where I least expected it... New York City.
Those lucky folks who seem to coast through life without anything ever going wrong? Believe me, they are few and far between. Having problems is normal, not having them is far more unusual! Here's the thing, it's generally only when we reveal our true selves that we can fully connect and establish true intimacy with others.
Everything is about relationships! However, not every relationship is the same. Relationships are the foundations of our existence, and no matter what your mission in life is, we should focus on creating and sustaining relationships because relationships improve all aspects of our lives.
The pervasiveness of email, text and chat has made it easy for every one of us to find a multitude of channels to communicate over great distances. We've grown dependent on these media but it has also moved us one step further away from human contact. We've lost all context and connections with our friends and families because we've insulated ourselves in these devices.
The next time you are sitting down to dinner, politely request that everyone turn off their phones and put them in the middle of the table in a big bowl. Some people will belittle this experiment -- but don't listen -- they are afraid of unobstructed conversation.