those around you probably aren’t listening to what you’re saying. they’re on their digital devices. at best they’ll provide a cursory 140 character response, or begin thumbing away at google searching for anything bearing resemblance to an opinionated answer so they can consume and throw it back up hence relieving them of the need to think, to critically analyse what is being discussed (is it even a discussion then?). mobile devices have turned people into walking talking information aggregators, there is no value add. the value gap between those who create and those who consume is growing - people are inherently lazy, so why create when you can consume? the barriers to information access today are vastly lower then they were even a decade ago.
information overload. its a social killer. your world shrinks as more time is allocated to the digital world rather than the physical. whereas you should be more informed the opposite occurs. i consume and disperse information as byte size chunks via txts, email etc. recently, i’ve noticed ever increasingly the lack of effort people put into conversing, preferring to hide behind the faux veil of anonymity that the digital medium provides. fortunately, i had a terrific conversation last night regarding political persuasions (well out of my comfort zone) that reaffirmed for me the importance of the art of conversation - they stood out from the sheep with an opinion that they made their own, and its a highly attractive quality indeed.