We can’t just ‘talk’ anymore.
Andrew Åkesson

Talk to most people in their 20s who are active on social media and keep a phone on their visual radar most of the time, and you will experience first hand someone with poor one on one real time communication skills. While this phenomenon can be worrisome to people who did not grow up with current technology, it is simply reflective of the impact that this technology has had on the people growing up with it, and immersing themselves in it.

What I find fascinating is how these tech-immersed 20-somethings engage in one on one relationships. In that environment, the absence of acquired one on one skills often looks like an “awkward” one on one experience, often reverting to both individuals finding refuge in their device, effectively disengaging from the individual they are sharing a common space with at that moment.

It is silly to label this phenomenon as good or bad- it simply “is,” for such people. Over time, it will change the world as we have experienced it, and the art and joy of finding and keeping quality interpersonal relationships will become a less frequent, and fade to some extent.

Cheers to 20-somethings who can see this phenomenon, and have the ability to balance their own lives to fully experience and enjoy the live company of other individuals in real time, face to face. Those people are the leaders of tomorrow, I believe, and those who will find the most happiness over the course of their lives.

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