Have you seen a decline in our ability to hold civil exchanges? Yet, have you noticed our need for more meaningful conversations? Don’t you think it’s time we relearn how to have great conversations?
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What I find most saddening, personally, is the loss of interesting debate and discussion at the dinner table. It seems that we're always just talking at each other... The biggest skill missing is the ability to listen without judgement or needing to bring the conversation back to oneself.
Hi Minter, great conversation starter!!! I think that [for a change] social media is not wholly to blame! My teenage 'kids' told me, to my great surprise, that they are a real minority in that most of their peers do not eat with their family - they all eat in separate rooms and times.
Fortunately, my eldest is studying A-level politics, so this provides some additional debating opportunity, but it is a worrying phenomenon indeed ...
Absolutely, in Fact I was just discussing with my teenage son how this lack of conversing has become prevalent in his age group. We were surmising as to why and one of our hypotheses was the practice of ghosting which is particularly pervasive on social media. Not some thing I had to deal with in my youth. What happened to the love of debates, holding salons? I cut my teeth at Procter & Gamble which had debate at the core of its culture. They believed that discussions led to better outcomes.
Conversations include the risk of incivility.