The undeniable power of making real connections

Written by Harish Rao on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. Posted in Relationships & network, Self development

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These recent days I have been hearing about millennial and their attention spans. I understand that the “Millenials” have an attention span of 8 seconds. So, a lot of marketing initiatives have been targeted towards “Millenials” keeping this in mind.

Who are these “Millenials”?

As per the label, all people born in and after 1981 are “Millenials”.

Anyways, I decided to conduct an experiment on a friend who is a millennial. The last time I met up with this friend for coffee, I was watching her actions. During a meeting of an hour, she checked and responded to what's app messages about 4 times. Once our meeting was over, she still had 10 minutes to spare before she had to leave. In these 10 minutes, she was on what's app for about 9 minutes. These 9 minutes, I was sitting there and reading a book on my phone? waiting for her to finish. In the 10th minute, she closed her phone, wished me goodbye and left?.

Now, I am actually trying to make a point in my own long-winded way. Should I blame the millennial behavior or should I assume that people have lost respect for other people's time and feelings? Have people lost social courtesies? The other big question for me is, should I just talk about “Millenials” or the people of the world? I firmly believe that it's everybody in this world. We are caught up with the speed at which life seems to be flying and end up being like the so-called “Millenials”.

I know people in this world are basically good people. They want to make the world a better place. I understand the pulls and pressures of communication thanks to mobile phones, face time, Skype, what's app, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. How can we make this world a better place if we do not show, or worse still, forgotten common courtesies?

My goal for 2017 is to have a positive impact on 1.5 million people. I know that we have to harness the strength of social media tools to achieve this. I don't want to and like to blame social media for this malaise of attention span (discourtesy?).

I believe that each one of us has to stop and reflect what we are doing to ourselves and the people around us with our behavior.

How can I help to change this behavior?

  1. I will try my level best not to check on social media or what's app when I am in meetings.
  2. I will keep track of the people around me and their social media/ what's app behavior just to acquire statistics and also to see how many people don't find me important enough or interesting enough J

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