Does it improve upon the silence?

Removing Negative Self Talk | Abria Joseph | TEDxYouth@NIST
November 2, 2015

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Reclaiming Conversation

Making The Case For Face To Face In An Era Of Digital Conversation
September 26, 2015
http://www.npr.org/2015/09/26/443480452/making-the-case-for-face-to-face-in-an-era-of-digital-conversation

Sherry Turkle, a professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT … Her new book is called
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.
Penguin Press, October 2015
http://thepenguinpress.com/book/reclaiming-conversation-the-power-of-talk-in-a-digital-age
She is also the author of the books The Second Self and Alone Together.

I was called to consult at a middle school because the directors and the teachers were concerned about what they felt was a lack of empathy among middle school children which they associated to the presence of technology. The association they made was when they sit together at lunch they don’t talk to each other — they talk with their phones. Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do; it’s where we learn to put ourselves in the place of the other.

related:

https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/are-we-plugged-in-connected-but-alone

A Better Conversationalist

How to Be a Better Conversationalist
Good Small Talk Makes Us Likable, But It’s Easy to Get Rusty—How to Avoid Dominating and Being Dominated in a Conversation
By Elizabeth Bernstein
Aug. 12, 2013
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324085304579008662096527326

There is an art to elegantly starting, sustaining and ending a dialogue with strangers or friends.
Experts call it conversational intelligence. Others call it the gift of gab.
Hard as it may be for chatty people to believe, not everyone is born with it.

cited by:
Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
University of Michigan
July 2015
https://www.coursera.org/learn/negotiation-skills