How to be well connected

In this increasingly interconnected-connected-disconnected-connected world we live in, with smart phones and iToothpicks, virtual reality this, smart that, it appears the more we connect in the digisphere, the less we connect in real life.

Research (if you really want the detailed studies, I can provide the scientific proof, or ask Uncle Google) suggests, the majority of people – not solely millennials, the world at large – find it difficult to maintain eye contact for longer than a split second. They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Think about it – when was the last time you were speaking to somebody, and really felt a connection? Not romantically, simply to connect, the power of human connection is remarkable. This topic, came up at supper last week, and indeed mid topic/mid conversation, eye contact was lost. “Ha! You’ve proved my point” I said, emphatically. Yet really, perhaps a more empathetic tone would have been more appropriate.

It reminded me of an article I read not long ago, whereby just as ‘Elise’ was explaining herself, she had the “aha” moment. We all need those “aha” moments every now and again, subtle reminders to connect with the real world in real life…


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