The Lost Art Of The Spoken Word

I’m convinced that in the near future the human race won’t be able to communicate via the spoken word. Every time you turn on the TV, or go online, you see another gadget designed to make life easier by eliminating face to face conversation. Case in point, dinner yesterday.

My family and I were having dinner at a seafood joint. I was munching down on delicious fish tacos and shrimp scampi when I noticed something disturbing— almost none of the other patrons were talking.

Directly next to us there was what appeared to be a family. A man, woman, and two adolescents, all with their faces buried in their phones. What were they doing? Who knows. What I do know is that they weren’t having a conversation.

At the table behind the phone family there was a couple. This couple seemed to be deeply in love—– with their cellular devices. Again, no speaking, just fingers working the phone screens. From my vantage point I could see that the man was playing some sort of game.

As I looked around, it dawned on me that my wife and I were the only ones actually talking to each other. Phone zombies were everywhere, mindlessly shoveling food down their throats while punching out tweets, or snap chatting. Nobody was using the spoken word. I thought I was in a modern-day twilight zone episode.

Just when I thought I’d had enough, I glanced over at my four-year old. Good god, he’s one of them, the phone zombies got him. He had his face buried in my wife’s phone. He was watching Peppa Pig on Youtube. We’re doomed!

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