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THE BOTTOM LINE
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conversation, continued ...Published: May 01, 2012

Email, twitter and facebook all have their place, even in the business world. But they are no substitute for one-on-one conversation. Technology has accelerated the rate of transactions and superficial connectivity. It has proven invaluable for gathering information, confirming calendars or just saying “hello” and “I love you.”

It can’t replace networking human-to-human, however. Relationships are rich and take time to unfold. Texting and posting, as Turkle points out, lets us present the self we want to be because we can edit at will to shape our image. There is no depth or sincerity that comes from a community of contacts built on 140 characters of short, well-crafted blasts of data or thought.
   
The art of conversation, the chance to truly hone interpersonal skills and learn from each other, is compromised each time we hit send rather than stop by and engage a friend or a colleague directly.

Go HERE to read past Bottom Line Columns.

I for one couldn’t function without my cellphone or iPad. I need the access and convenience these devices deliver. But for those under 40, including the impressive list in this annual issue (see page 40), I offer this piece of advice: Take a deep breath, set the phone down and find someone to talk to. You might learn something about them – and, most importantly, yourself. schurm@churmmedia.com

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