Conversations without borders, across generations – a beautiful thing

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Young Brazilian students wanting to practice their English with native speakers.  Retirees in Chicago looking for someone to talk with.  Put them together and bam!  Magic: 

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Almost every day, I read something about the ill-effects of the Internet.  People are becoming obsessive, lonely, addicted narcissists, we’re told.  We communicate more, but connect less.  We’ve lost the ability to interact face-to-face.

Yes, there is some truth to these statements.  Looking at all the language learning apps on the market today, for example, you’d think there was a drought of actual people to speak with in this world.

But I don’t buy into the pessimist’s view of technology holus bolus.  For some people, the Internet and the miraculous, stigma-free mobile devices it’s spawned, are the only way they can communicate their thoughts and pursue their interests.  For others free and accessible tools like Skype, Twitter and even the humble email provide invaluable opportunities to communicate with like-minded people; skills they can then use with confidence out in their “real world”, whatever that may be (and, yes, it may be online). 

So when next you’re reading a devastating screed about the death of conversation, the enslavement of the human race to the dastardly iDevice and the rise of the machines, consider, too, the joy in the faces of the folk in this video.



Man wearing glasses and a suit, standing in front of a bay

Hi there, I’m David Kinnane.

Principal Speech Pathologist, Banter Speech & Language

Our talented team of certified practising speech pathologists provide unhurried, personalised and evidence-based speech pathology care to children and adults in the Inner West of Sydney and beyond, both in our clinic and via telehealth.

David Kinnane
Speech-Language Pathologist. Lawyer. Father. Reader. Writer. Speaker.

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