Is the art of conversation becoming extinct, being replaced by e-mail, instant messaging and other high tech communication? As we become more disconnected from our communities, what's happening to us? Catie Gosselin offers her view.
The notion of the local corner store where townspeople gather for conversation and a sense of community is gone. We communicate, instead, in short, clipped emails or voicemail, devoid of any personal interaction. The art of conversation is becoming a thing of the past.
Later that week, I heard another piece on a study examining the increase of anxiety levels in children. The researcher drew upon studies from the 1950s to current day, and was able to track a clear rise in anxiety. She also proposed a correlation between this anxiety and increasing reports of depression in all age groups.
The irony is how modern life has made it so easy for someone in Dayton, Ohio to connect with someone in Sydney, Australia, but the simple act of conversing with your neighbor has become antiquated.
The opinions expressed in this article are of the author and the author alone. They do not reflect the opinions of SheKnows, LLC or any of its affiliates and they have not been reviewed by an expert in a related field or any member of the SheKnows editorial staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on the Site are not a substitute for professional advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on SheKnows. SheKnows does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.