And, in this era of extreme narcissism when we need someone, anyone to listen, more than 80% turn to our dogs. Here is the coverage of that survey.
These findings should be no surprise.
Human-to-human communications has been on the decline since the PC went mainstream.
First professionals, then ordinary people became addicted to the screen.
The invention of the smartphone, that is, a hand-held computer, increased the downward trajectory of personal interaction among humans.
In her book - "iGen" - psychologist Jean Twenge documented how the smartphone, along with other digital devices, is eroding the ability of people to relate to other people. At least, not in a meaningful way.
For example, part of socialization had been learning to dig into the underlying content of what was said or written. It was there that we the listener or reader discerned what the speaker or author was seeking in the way of response.
We had been adept at picking up that the neighbor joking about how her hours had been cut in retail really was looking to us:
- To be sympathetic
- Share our knowledge of what other stores might be hiring
- Offering help with a resume and cover letter.
That skill has atrophied. When I shared with a supposed friend of 40 years that I went through a horror when I was driving from Arizona to Ohio. There was a flat on the highway at 11 P.M. in Arkansas.
Her response was, well, no response. She went into her account about how she had a flat a few miles from her house and in Maryland they have official Good Samaritans to cruise and help those in that kind of pickle.
I was stunned. But I shouldn't have been. I had a few more attempts at a conversation with her. Then I threw the towel on that relationship.
Of course, I confided my disappointment to my canine son LOV. And that was that.
Takeaway: Lower our expectations on human-to-human interaction.
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