In the era of Whatsapp and Facebook do we ever care to actually make a “call” our kith and kin? Our mobile notifications are arrayed with numerous text messages, but how many calls?
Today, calls are made for business purposes, interviews, or official tasks; sometimes for the tasks which require some urgent response. Apart from that, our everyday calls to message ratio might be 1:20.
There is this strange thing about telephonic conversations. If ever I receive a telephone call from a friend, or I am obliged to talk to a relative on phone, I am at a big fix!
The first 30 seconds are okay when you fill up the gaps with ‘Hey’, ‘How have you been?’ and ‘What’s new?’. But… What next? After that half a minute’s of awkward silence I am like — What should I say now? –Who should speak now? — Should I ask about the job? — She might feel offended — God help me! In worse cases I end up stammering a few words.
The problem is nobody has time! Or may be, interest! Is that even a problem? People say today’s generation is glued to the social media, but are we really “social”? Or has the definition of “social” evolved with time?
Gone are the days when our neighbors used to visit us in the evenings and discuss about the rising prices of vegetables. Gone is the time when we used to flock up after every power cut off. Times are changing. The meaning of “social” is changing. Telephonic conversations are merely customer service or sales calls. Friends’ hangouts are nothing but large selfie sessions and junk gorging. Sometimes we meet our own parents twice a year!
The so-called “social” generation is not so social. At least I am not. Are you? Correct me if I’m wrong.