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I think I may have coined a phrase last night. It came out of two observations/discussions during the past week.
It is the idea that we now live with disposable conversations. It is a phenomenon between individual people as well as businesses. Disposable in a way that is not a slight to any party involved, it is just a reality that we now using our technology to conduct quick hits to the point and get out without any collateral damage along the way.
I was talking with Shel Holtz of For Immediate Release – The Hobson and Holtz Report Podcast last night (definitely not a disposable conversation!) about how kids & teens are predominately using text or instant messaging versus voice or email. Even though all options are just as convenient given accessibility on the same device they hold in their hands.
Shel mentioned that if you ask them why they are texting a message from their phone and not simply making a call, they answer that they can’t be bothered to enter into a discussion (i.e. actually talk to someone) when they only have one or two questions to ask, or some information to pass along. No need to speak.
Just give me the information I seek and I am done with you until I need more. I’ll call you and chit- chat when I am in the mood or have the time. Its the same way that we use search – we have gravitated to using each other in the same manner.
My wife overheard a couple of teenage girls on the subway last week chatting about boy problems. “I think I have to break up with him” one said. “I don’t really want to talk to him, but need to let him know soon.” she continued. “Just IM him and you’re good” said the other girl. And it was so.
“Dear John” has just gone digital.