Is the Art of Conversation slowly fading away and being
overtaken by a brief generic text message, a Facebook status with accompanying image
or a quick tweet of 140 characters or less?
It certainly feels that way sometimes.

You’ll notice your landline rarely rings these days unless
it’s one of those annoying marketing calls and always when you’re running
late. How do they know you haven’t got
time to answer a couple of quick questions?
They never seem to call when you’re at home alone all weekend and eager
to chat to just about anyone.

Can you remember the last time the sound of your latest
mobile ring tone filled the silence? I
can’t either. I can remember three texts
messages being delivered and the chiming of an email being received.

With technology advancing on a daily basis, it has become
possible for people to communicate with almost anyone at the touch of a button
no matter where they are in the world. For
a writer like me, this is fantastic. I
am able to interact with readers all over the world, keep them up to date on my
latest book developments and share my thoughts and inspirations through my
blog.

I am sure I am not the only one who thinks this is a good
thing. A friend of mine was able to
communicate with her son whilst he was the other side of the world through the
wonder of Facebook messaging. She was
also able to share his experience via the pictures he posted.

But there is a downside to all this texting, blogging and
social media posting. Can we really
communicate effectively using text speak or tweeting? And do we really need to know what you had
for your dinner? Don’t get me wrong I
wouldn’t be without this new way of communicating but I do miss a good natter
with a friend.

Surely there is room to do both? And what would happen if one day the internet
just stopped working? Would we need to
learn the art of conversation all over again or would it be just like riding a
bike – once you know how to do it, you know how to do it?

So next time you go to text a friend, tweet your work
colleague or post a random message to Facebook why not pick up the phone and
talk to someone too. Let’s not let the
art of conversation be a thing of the past.