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It has occurred to me time and time again that conversations get lost in translation, or at the very least, misinterpreted through what we deem “conversations” via text, emails or on social media.

When I was growing up, we had actual conversations and you could see people’s faces when they were saying what they felt.  If you couldn’t do that, you made a phone call so at least you could hear the inflection in their voice and understand the emotion behind what they were saying.

I am not dismissing the convenience of technology as it is sometimes a much “easier” way to communicate rather than having a full blown conversation (i.e. are you okay?, I’m on my way home, don’t forget the milk, etc.).

Have any of you ever sent what you felt was a “heart felt” text to someone and received a “k” in return?

More than likely the person wasn’t trying to be inconsiderate.   Maybe they were at work, maybe they are not one to text and they had bigger things on their mind.  At the moment it seems inconsiderate on the receiving end in as much as it probably is not meant in that way at all.

Good old fashioned conversation is a concept that should probably be practiced more. 

Words in writing versus an actual conversation have become such a foreign concept.  Don't get me wrong...I am still a HUGE fan of a letter or a postcard.  On a day to day basis though...technology is fine but conversation is much better. 

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I agree, Stacie. The convenience is sometimes necessary but there is nothing better than a verbal exchange. Much easier to express emotions, than through a text or email. Great food for thought! Thanks for addressing it!
cv April 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The world has become a cold and impersonal place. The handwritten letter is almost extinct .
Joseph Keyes April 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I like written communication reference reasons, but not texting. The rudest thing I’ve encountered of late are people texting while you’re trying to have a conversation with them!
Hookerman April 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Kind of ironic expressing this sentiment in an online blog.
stacie bohr April 18, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Oh my gosh, Joe....don't even get me started! I have been at people's homes for dinner and the kids all have their cell phones at the dinner table next to them! My mom used to take the phone off the hook while we had dinner because it was "our time". The good old days!
stacie bohr April 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Agreed, cv. I'd be happy with a typed letter! It's funny how I can remember people's handwriting. I used to be able to remember phone numbers as well. No need anymore with the "contacts" in our phone. That's what people have become...contacts. Kind of sad.
stacie bohr April 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM
The point of a blog is to initiate dialogue. I'm not trying to change the world but simply am expressing a point of view. And you're comment is precisely what I'm blogging about. My initial reaction is that it is not very nice. But maybe you just had a bad day.

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