I know what you’re going to say. “Isn’t it ironic that you’re trying to discuss this issue through a blog post?” The answer is yes and no. Yes, because it’s contradictory, I agree. But, no because I believe this is a great way to get my point across. I may be a part of the “typing team”, but I’m not stupid. I see the effects communication, or lack thereof, is having on our society and if I could get you all in a room and speak about it, I definitely would try. The reality is, this is the way of our world right now.
I love how technologically advanced we are, I really do. I think there are so many positive effects from what the world wide web has done for us as a whole. There are times when I look back and can’t remember my life without a computer. But, it wasn’t until my teenage years that we had one in our house. At first it was something fun to play around with, a new toy in the house. Now households have 2-3 computers, Ipads, Iphones, Blackberrys, the list goes on and on. If the power goes out for a few hours, panic ensues. This addiction is only getting worse, the younger we are. My almost 4 year old niece knew how to navigate thru an Ipad before I did. She literally taught me how to do it. That blows my mind. I know she has the brightest future ahead: she is smart, so advanced and absorbs information like a human sponge. But, will all of this technology hurt or help her. What is going to happen to our future generations?
I’ve seen it first starting with my age group. We have slowly, but surely, forgot how to speak to one another. Good old fashioned conversations are rare, and it takes some filtering to find those who still will pick up the phone and call. Don’t even get me started on the dating world. It’s so bad I have the towel in hand, ready to throw. I can’t tell you how many full blown conversations I’ve had through text messaging, email and Facebook. I know I’m as guilty as everyone else, but I am trying to change this habit, too. I think it’s beneficial to let others know what’s important to you. I sometimes just wish there was a way to get it back to how it used to be. Real live human to human contact. Minus the carpal tunnel.
There are many negative habits that form from all this text and no talk. People start to hide behind their devices, they become more shy and can’t break out of their shell, their social skills are tremendously lacking, and miscommunications happen more often because there is no ability to silently understand what the other is trying to say. We can’t hear tone of voice, read their body language or sense how the other person is feeling through a message. It’s literally a communication cop out.
If you really are concerned, or have young kids at home, I suggest taking the time to read this article from the NY Times. It’s very interesting and discusses the toll texting may be taking on our teenagers. –New York Times–
Can you believe that, on average, teenagers are sending 2, 272 texts per month? That’s about 80 messages per day! It’s crazy, and scary, if you stop and think about it. The consequences range from sore thumbs, to interrupted sleep, to even death (because of texting and driving).
I’m not saying this will all change overnight, and don’t get me wrong I do like the convenience of email, text, and having everything right at my fingertips. But, I think we can all benefit from more face to face interaction in our lives- don’t you? I know I can. A great place to start is with food! Meals bring people together, gathered around a table and yes- they talk. They discuss their day, laugh at funny moments that have happened and really interact. It’s a beautiful thing. All because of food. How about you make this delicious recipe below, grab a bottle of red and get your family gathered around the table? You could even invite your friends over for a weeknight date, or romance your spouse one night after work. All devices silenced, please 🙂
It’s Spicy Mango Shrimp and it’s delicious, believe me.
You will need:
1lb Snow Peas
3 Tbs Canola Oil
1 Tbs Ginger, grated
1 bunch Scallions (white and green thinly sliced, with leftovers for garnish)
1Tbs Hot Sauce
2 Ripe Mangoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise
1c Veggie Stock (I use low sodium)
1 Tbs Rice Vinegar (lemon juice is an OK sub)
Salt and Pepper
Blanch the peas in boiling water until bright green, about 1 minute. Drain and place in ice bath to stop the cooking process. Heat the canola oil in a wok or large saucepan. When the oil is hot add the ginger and scallions (all but remaining for garnish). Season with salt, pepper, and add the shrimp to the pan. Cook thoroughly, about 2 minutes. Add the hot sauce, mangoes and snow peas. Allow to come together, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar, transfer to a platter and garnish with the reserved scallion. Serve over brown rice (which is what I did), whole wheat pasta, or your grain of choice.
Happy Heart to Hearts ❤