Yes kids (and adults), physical communication is still important.
As I sat in a coffe shop and worked on my podcast re-launch a few days ago, I took notice of the people and the sounds around me. Pleasant - it is - to hear people who don't know each other spark conversations about weather, favorite doughnuts, and debarte on why Starbucks isn't better than Dunkin Doughnuts coffee, and discuss why kids these days just don't understand anything that takes time to understand. Pleasent - it is - to hear people discuss the proper way to deal with customers, and why greeting people over the intercom in fast food lanes can change their entire outlook on their day's tasks, for better or for worse. I am beautifully reminded that physical, face-to-face communication is still important.
Perhaps the best reason I love it is because there's almost a sort of magic that happens while people:
break invisible barriers,
cross invisible lines of awkardness and waywardness,
overcome their fears of social impotence,
and look at themselves in the mirror represented by the others they know as 'human'.
It's brave. It's bold. And it's beautiful.
Sorry. We don't get these things from Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. Sure, we learn to improve our thumb speed through ASDF, JKL;, but that's mechanical technicality. Physical communication is organic. It's natural. And it feeds so many of the malnourished parts of our beings. I've said this before, and I'll say it again: There's no benefit to being well, to practicing wellness, to living a life of wellness, without involving and benefitting other people.
Take-home message: Text, pin, and snap. But don't forget to talk face-to-face with the good folks we call human.