The sight of a train platform of people staring at their phones or bemused shoppers stumbling down the street watching a screen is becoming commonplace. No wonder that the experience of talking and listening is becoming a sought-after commodity.
A new study from the University of Michigan has produced findings that the internet makes us less connected to the things we really need, not more.
Though the internet appears to be about connection, the reality for many is that our phones and computers are more isolating than communal. Combine social media with busy lifestyles and you have a recipe for a more solitary existence which eats away at one of our most fundamental needs: human contact.
It is no wonder that I have seen a steady increase in the needs of ordinary people to book themselves into my office in Harley St for some quality talking and listening one to one. Not always for ‘therapy’ but to discuss, explore and share in the way only two people can do ; sitting face to face in the same room at the same time.
Being plugged into the ‘online community’ is OK.
Regular meaningful conversations with a real human being is better!