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Dinner-table conversation may be a lost art form

A serving of holiday manners

Have we forgotten how to have a conversation over a shared meal? “It’s not that we’ve forgotten as much as we’ve ignored it,” says counseling professor Samuel Gladding. “The mode of communication — or the most popular these days — is indirect communication through Twitter or text on through, well, you name it. Communication is an art form, but it seems to be a lost art at times when people gather together. They look down instead of at one another. If we don’t read facial expression or hear voice tone, we don’t know if the person is really inquiring or being sarcastic or being empathic. We can’t hear it, and we can’t see the expression on the other individual’s face.”

 

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