- I read a tweet recommending the book Quiet . Its premise is that quiet people are less boring than their extrovert counterparts since they don’t blah blah blah so much
- I’m a proponent of conversations
- I went to dinner with someone and was bored
Here are some random thoughts on the updated definition of what constitutes a conversation that occurred to me at the intersection of these three instances:
- We like texting and email because we don’t have to get involved in a conversation. We have our say and that’s it. The same is true of voicemail. If you must use the phone, I bet you’d rather leave your message without the inconvenience and time-eater of listening. I have a friend who calls me and says,” I just wanted to hear your voice,” and I totally get that. That says more than making the talking noise, since we don’t always have something to say, but it’s still nice to connect.
- We like Twitter for the same reason, with the added brevity factor. And most importantly, we get to customize who we listen to. I learn something new daily because of the diverse people I follow. Much better than the “news” which is never really new, and always too long and too boring.
- Everything is not debatable. Sometimes you want to express your opinion, and someone else wants to express theirs, but debating it can be a waste of time. For example, you hate hip hop and I like it. We give our thoughts and move on. We’re unlikely to change each other’s mind.
Conversations today have to be very useful and/or entertaining and/or valuable to warrant a listen.