I love nothing more than sitting in a room full of my closest friends, and not talking. It's so awesome, right?

We all experience it. And, living in the Rockies, I don't think it's the weed hindering our conversations. We are all well-versed in functioning high.

It's the technology grind that is killing our ability to talk.

Sadly, I imagine my friends sitting around with big deer heads attached to their bodies, staring with those big, glossy eyes into their phones. They'll occasionally glance up, as if a hunter spooked them, then when all's clear, the turn their heads back down.

And when they actually do respond to a conversation, it's some knockoff response that lags a minute or two later. (SMH on that whole delayed response thing we all get when we look at our phones.)


I just have to say, what the hell, people? What the double-hell, millennials? Can't we have a conversation that keeps us off our cellphones? Can't we just talk, like the good ol' days? I miss it, so, so much. I see super-duper old people do it all the time. They can actually sit at a table and talk about stuff the entire time without a single awkward, "I have to check my cell phone that never buzzed" moment.

We are so conditioned to picking up our cellphones. And we are so captivated, gosh, half of us are just swiping through the home screens acting like we're looking at something.

Like, how am I supposed to tell if a girl is into me or not on a date? In the past, if she was checking her cell phone, that was a bad sign. But now it's not a sign at all.


A Harris Poll survey (on behalf of the Webby Awards)of more than 2,000 adults stated that 72 percent of all generations surveyed believe that relationships will be less authentic in 10 years — and all because of technology.

In 10 years? I think we are already less authentic. Way less authentic.

Quality human interaction and conversation is as hard as trying to milk a cow with no hands. We suck at it. We either don't talk or respond with piss-poor conversation like, "oh, yeah, for sure."

Honestly, I think we need to make a pact that we set our phones down more often. That doesn't mean touting on social media, "Hey, everyone, I am putting my cellphone down to be more productive."

We are past being nonproductive. We just need to return to being humans who can hold conversations.

If you find yourself at a table, in a room, in a car — or anywhere with people who mean anything to you — set your phone down. Talk a little bit. Or, please, talk a lot.

We don't have to constantly be checking our cellphones. There's no need to respond to posts instantly. Social media will still be there. The posting of this and that can wait. We certainly don't have to be swiping back and fourth on our home screens.

Can we just have more moments where we talk, like the old people do?

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