Once an introvert…

I had an interesting chat with a librarian last night. She commented on how young people don’t know how to communicate because their heads are always in their devices. I don’t really want to talk about “kids these days” so I’m going to talk about myself instead :)

When I was a kid, we didn’t have mobile devices, we didn’t have computers and weren’t allowed hand held gaming devices (when they came out). But that doesn’t mean I sat a the table and talked to my family at dinner time. Instead I used to sneak a book out with me. My mom would tell me to leave the book at home, but I never did. I would read it under the table at restaurants instead of participating in family socialization. I’m sure my parents knew I was doing it, but I thought I was clever and I was content.

I guess my point is that even though the device has changed, I’m still the same person I was back then. I’d rather sit quietly at dinner with groups (I’m better in smaller groups) and read (my book, my email, my facebook, etc) rather than talk to the people at the table with me. I don’t have kids and I don’t deal with kids on a daily basis so I can’t tell you if these devices have made it so that they can’t communicate, but I can say that I probably wouldn’t be any different if I were raised today with a mobile device versus my trusty old book.

3 comments

  1. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend Susan Cain’s excellent book about introverts, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”. It is a fascinating read that, in part, examines the perception of introverts, and talks about why introversion isn’t abnormal.

  2. When I was young we had to walk 50 miles to school, in the snow, while carrying a 7000 pound pack.

    This is all I can hear when people say anything about ‘kids these days’

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