a couple days before i went on vacation i woke up with an incredibly sore throat. there was absolutely no reason for it and for the most part, it was gone by the next day. but what i noticed while trying not to talk...was all the talking i was doing. despite having gone hours with not talking, or minimally whispering, i found myself suddenly feeling guilty for having chatted so much. inside my head i was chastising myself: "tsk tsk katie, you're throat is never going to heal if you're nattering non stop!"
i realized i felt like i'd been talking because of all the technology and social media. i sent so many emails, text messages, facebook updates and tweets that i was convinced i was conversing using my voice. but i don't know - does that count as talking? i think definitely yes. i'm a huge advocate for social media - mostly because i'm a fan of multi-tasking and so i feel proud of myself when i accomplish multiple things at once, and "keep up" with old friends by the click of a button. on the other hand i'm an advocate for letter writing. and i get what people mean when they say that no one really talks anymore. what do you think? is technology a substitute for verbal conversation? do you think we and our relationships suffer without it? or are we strengthened?