Is technology helping or hindering your ability to connect?

In one of the best articles I’ve read in months, Trace Dahlby, a journalism professor at The University of Texas, shares his thoughts on how technology has hampered our attention span and our ability to craft and tell good human stories.  Reading the article over a bowl of lunchtime soup, I quickly saw the parallel: technology is also hampering our ability to really connect.

Sure, I love and appreciate how using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media gives me an anytime fix of friendship, connection, and catching up with family and friends in all areas of my life, both personal and professional. I can stay relatively up to date based on what news, updates, photos, or videos  my friends and followers are willing to share.

However, after spending a morning making calls I’d put off for way too long, I was quickly reminded that a 15 minute phone conversation can be a far richer exchange than any random update or commentary on social media. A face-to-face meeting? Even better.

Are you making room for all these methods, both old and new,  in your networking strategy?


Speaking of old and new, The Intentional Networker™, is now available, both in print and on Kindle.  Five star reviews continue to roll in and I’m so grateful for the multitude of thoughtful and positive comments I’m getting on it every day.  If you’ve not yet acquired your copy, you’ll find it available from most major book outlets. Or order via


3 Responses to Is technology helping or hindering your ability to connect?
  1. Stefani Zellmer
    October 5, 2011 | 6:33 am

    Whole-heartedly agree. Nothing beats a face-to-face cup of coffee with someone. I will always be grateful for the time you took to have coffee with me a few years back. And I’ve so enjoyed watching your progress since then. Congrats again on your book.

    • Darlene Giles
      October 5, 2011 | 9:18 am

      Excellent points, Patti. My teenage girls can text with the best of them, but at bedtime they still ask for “little girl” or “little boy” stories. It is the perfect time for my husband and me to tell tales from our own childhood.

  2. Julie Tereshchuk
    October 7, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    Patti, I was just talking about this very topic at a small group of AWC members which gathers monthly. We all agreed that we look forward to this breakfast ‘airing,’ and place a high priority on attending. Like you, I am grateful for email and other technology, but frankly regularly feel tech fatigue.

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