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The Secret Art of Listening Has Been Lost

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The Secret Art of Listening Has Been Lost

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Rachael Tharp, Opinions Writer

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In today’s day and age, everyone is always busy, so when do we have time to listen?

 

Some people believe that it’s because of our phones that our communications skills have broken down. Others believe that it’s due to how we were raised, but in reality this is just a lie, isn’t it? Do we busy ourselves so we don’t have to listen, because we’ve forgotten how to?

 

Due to the easy access to technology, people (mostly teenagers) have been almost like zombies. Always paying attention to their phones. I think that statement is an exaggeration, since technology has broadened the extent of communication. But with the ability to communicate with people who are miles away, we forget to see the people who are right in front of us.

 

Some people are addicted to their phones, true, but it’s not as big of an issue as we make it out to be. Sure, they might be more interested in the small handheld device than what you’re saying, and if they put it down for just a minute they’d think that what you’re saying is actually important, but it’s not the phone’s fault that they can’t see that you’re talking to them.

 

We’ve been taught the golden rule, “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” from a young age or at least I have been. Most parents try their best to tell their kids that they need to listen, but that’s the thing, we don’t listen to anyone. Not even our parents who want to teach us to listen, even our friends who want to be listened to. But why?

 

It’s because we don’t care to listen. Humans are conceited: we can be selfless, but most of the time we’re selfish. Most people don’t really care about what you may feel, or what you’re trying to convey to them, because they don’t want to be bothered. I think that we don’t know how to listen, because we never learned how, not because we weren’t taught, but because we didn’t want to know how.

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