John Kahane (jkahane) wrote,
John Kahane

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What's Wrong with the Phone Conversation?

I have come to realise that there are a good many things that I hate about the electronic age.

However, if I have a real peeve, it pertains to the communication between friends and colleagues these days. I spend a good amount of time during the day at work looking at a computer monitor and screen. The last thing I want to do when I get home is to spend another four hours or so looking at the computer and "talking" with people and friends I know who live in the same city as I do.

Sure, there are cases where I'm all right with this. The folks at CanGames getting in touch with me about game scheduling and tournaments. The people at the CD store sending me a note about a disc I've ordered or with information about upcoming releases. My friends finding an internet link and passing it on because they think I might find it of interest or perhaps it's a humourous one. Stuff like that. But when friends want to talk about stuff like arranging going out to dinner, seeing a movie, personal stuff, talk about a tv series episode or a book that one is reading, etc. on the computer via e-mail or Twitter or whatever, that's where I want, nay, I *need* to draw the line. I find myself being the one to call folks by phone these days, some of my friends not calling me. Aside from the fact that I don't want to type buckets of text about a topic of item of interest that we're communicating about, what the heck is wrong with the telephone call? Are folks afraid they'll get finger strain by having to enter the numbers of a phone call? Or is it just laziness combined with lack of social skills and graces these days?

Our society has become so dependent on the internet and its various forms of communication methods that people have forgotten how to talk to one another at times. Some folks these days are completely lacking in social skills because of the amount of time they spend "chatting" with others over the internet, instead of face-to-face. It's a sad state of affairs, and I can't help but wonder at times if Isaac Asimov's vision/prediction of people locked away in their houses and communicating with the outside world via visual telescreens and the like might not be closer than we think.

So, some of my friends in Ottawa will just have to forgive me if I don't answer e-mail questions or posts about links they may have found for me. Some of my friends in Ottawa will have to forgive me if they don't hear from me in e-mails or whatever from time to time. 'Nuff said.
Tags: internet, personal, telephone

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