Today, teens, we are going to talk about what we say.
Before I go further, I want to briefly go ‘catywompas’ (I’m southern), or sideways a bit.
For the last 10-15 years, electronic gadgets have been taking over as our personal interaction. Along with that, what is said in typewritten form would hardly ever be said to a person. What do I mean by this?
When someone is not in front of us, and they offend or hurt us in some way, or we want to be brutally honest … texting, messaging, emoticons, emailing or any other electronic non-personal interaction … tends to create a safety barrier in our minds. It’s almost like a subconscious thing.
So, what I want to say here is we have gotten away from personal interaction, face-to-face conversation. Not just the teens, but adults as well. Stop the electronic communication for a month and make it a point to talk face-to-face.
I remember at a job I had, there was someone who sent an email to several people in the office talking really bad about a particular person at the office, it was really bad and it was a long email. You could say a rant.
Anyway, one of the people who received the email was responding to the person who sent it, basically saying she agreed with the bad things said about the other woman and added additional fuel to the fire.
She hit SEND and then she says OH NO!!! What happened?