“No Phone Zone” – is the skill of conversation dying?

With the growing awareness around the importance face to face conversations play in our mental health, the simple act of paying attention, being present, and listening to our children, is critical to their well-being.

Frankie & Benny’s have offered a free meal to parents who put down their tablets and phones and talk to each other over a meal. Good on them for trying something new and let’s hope the initiative works, but how as a society, have we allowed ourselves to get to this stage? Is the skill of face to face conversation dying?

With the growing awareness around the importance face to face conversations play in our mental health, the simple act of paying attention, being present, and listening to our children, is critical to their well-being.

The universal hunger to connect and belong explains much of human behaviour from birth until death. We are emotional beings and yet our habits are becoming more solitary. Some say we’re more connected now than ever, and others say we’re less connected.

Whatever your views, I hope we can listen to what our children are saying to us – “talk to me”.

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As Susan Pinker writes so compellingly, “we need close social bonds and uninterrupted face time with our friends and families in order to thrive – even to survive.” There is a wealth of research out there suggesting we should make more of an effort to promote greater levels of personal intimacy through our conversations.

Let’s not let our children down. Let’s talk.

By Sara Hope
30.11.2018