True face-to-face conversation is something that is quickly becoming a lost art and we wonder if future generations will even engage in real conversations at all. And yet, according to many experts face-to-fact conversation are critically important to our well-being. Conversations are also important for our children.
“Conversations with each other are the way children learn to have conversations with themselves, and learn how to be alone,” said Sherry Turkle, a professor of science, technology and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Learning about solitude and being alone is the bedrock of early development, and you don’t want your kids to miss out on that because you’re pacifying them with a device.” (Bilton)
While we anxiously await the release of Dr. Turkle’s new book entitled Reclaiming Conversations, we’d like to share a few tips for initiating and maintaining a real face-to-face conversation here.
Bilton, N. (2013, March 13) The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind. NYTimes.com, Retrieved February 4, 2012.
Garber, M. (2014). Saving the Lost Art of Conversation. The Atlantic.com, Retreived February 3, 2012.