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Look up when you speak! Time to go phoneless

A couple of weeks back, I came across a post on my friend’s Facebook wall. It was about phoneless conversations. The post was about catching up with your friends over a cup of coffee or lunch. When I posted this, I never thought I would catch up with five of my friends within a week.

And, I have to say it was an amazing experience!

The rise of technology and apps has connected a lot of people from across the globe. But, did it help us in making meaningful relationships? We long for the likes and comments from strangers and ignore those who are sitting right next to us. When I travel in public transport, I see friends sitting next to each other chatting with their friends or scrolling through the endless Instagram feed. They fail to realize that they have each other to talk to.

A 2016 survey conducted by the American Osteopathic Association says that 72% of Americans (out of the 2,000 people who were subjected to the survey) feel lonely at least once in a week.

As we follow a majority of all the things the Americans do, it won’t be a surprise if a survey tells us that most of the Indians also feel lonely.

But, the question everyone should ask themselves is “why should I feel lonely when I have so many people on my Facebook and Instagram?”

The answer lies in real conversations.

I am not saying its bad to have online conversations. But, we should also respect the importance of having an in-person conversation. It’s fine to go out and meet new people. If you make a new friend on Facebook and if he’s living in the same city, setup a meeting a catch up. Talk about random stuff, laugh out loud. And, do not look at your phones when you’re having the conversation. Make the other person feel important, and I am certain that you will receive the same treatment.

I’ve just started my journey into phoneless conversations. This year, I am planning to meet more people and form a lot of meaningful relationships. If you’re in Chennai and would like to catch up, ping me on Facebook or Instagram. Let’s talk random stuff and have a good time.

In the end, life is all about cherishing the little things.

Karthik Pasupathy
Karthik Pasupathy

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