My five year old came into the office early this morning and asked his usual question, “Dad, whatcha doing?”. I said “Just watching people talk on Twitter”. He said “What is Twitter?” I said “It is a place on the internet we people have short conversations”. He said: “What are they saying?”. I said: “Oh a bunch of stuff”.
He looked at me perplexed and said “Daddy, I can’t hear them”. I said: Josh, that is because they are typing their conversations”. he said: “Why?” I said “Because they want to share things with others” He said: “What are they sharing?” I said: “Everything”
Remember this is the perspective of a five year old. He said: “Strange, you can’t hear them talk about everything” I said: “Exactly”
He then asked “Daddy, is typing talking?” I said yes but different than you and I talking now”. he said “Daddy, I like talking like this because I can’t type good” I laughed hard and said: “Josh, Daddy doesn’t type good either and I love talking with you”
As he walked away laughing he said, “Daddy, follow me and lets go do something” I followed and together we began talking about something we could do!. There is nothing like a real conversation with a five year old.
Are we drowning in conversations? When does“talking turn into real and valuable doing?
What say you?