In the media-obsessed world that we live in, so often the phrase “I’ll be in touch” has nothing to do with physical touch.
Virtual communication has increased our reach in both business and social spheres, which has assuredly benefited productivity. But as the saying goes, quantity is not always better than quality.
The ease of online communication does not have to squelch good old fashion creativity. In case you have trouble thinking of ways to get in touch with either friends or family without picking up your cell phone, here are three ideas:
- Write a letter: This might seem like a practice that is dying out, but the power of a handwritten letter or even a sticky note isn’t going anywhere. For those whose love language is words of affirmation, a little bit of effort goes a long way. Instead of shooting someone a quick text, write them a note to let them know you’re thinking of them or one of the reasons you appreciate them.
- In person: Quality time, with those you know well or not so much, is vital to both maintaining and intimating relationships. In order for that time to be intentional, put away the phone and enjoy an hour or so free of distractions. You’ll be surprised at the depth of conversation you were missing out on!
- Body language: One thing that you will find when you are connecting in person rather than online is the importance of body language. Nonverbal communication arguably tells you more about what the person is truly feeling than their actual words. Instead of waiting for emojis or a gif to explain your partner’s emotion, study their habits or even ask follow up questions to gain clarity.
Getting in touch is a lost art. We not only need to reconnect on a deeper level in our relationships, but in nature, art, cooking, and a hundred other ways.
Think outside the box this week about what you could get involved in if you weren’t on your phone as much. As amazing as technology is, it will never be able to replace a hug, a walk in the woods, or a face-to-face conversation.