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Staying in Touch

Staying in Touch

Date: May 11 2004


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One of the best things about modern technology is that it’s made it so much easier to communicate with people who are far away. Less than 20 years ago, the only ways to communicate were snail mail and telephones, and long distance calling was expensive. Now, with mobile phones, email and instant messaging, it’s easy and cheap to communicate with people all over the globe.
Miguel and I recently discussed this topic. Listen in to our conversation.


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Miguel:  Hey Beth, do you have friends that live in other places, like other cities and stuff?

Beth:  Yeah. I have friends all over. I have a lot of friends on the East Coast, like in Boston and Washington DC. What about you?

Miguel:  Well, I have a lot who live all over, but sometimes I’m not sure if I do a good enough job of keeping in touch with them – primarily ‘cause I don’t like to talk on the phone. Do you, like, call your friends all the time, or you use email mostly, or what do you do to stay in touch?

Beth:  You know, it’s funny. Sometimes, I’ll get really motivated and I’ll just go through my whole list – like everyone that I haven’t connected with in a long time. And then, other times I just know that there’re people out there that I wish I could connect with, but I just don’t have the time.

Miguel:  Do you send people birthday cards?

Beth:  Oh, whoa. I’m really bad with birthday cards. I do e-cards, but they’re not usually on time.

Miguel:  Yeah, that’s the way I feel. I always wish, when someone sends me a birthday card, that I would be like that kind of person that was responsible enough to send, uh, birthday cards every year.

Beth:  Totally. I always think – one time I’m going to sit down and do a calendar of every single important person’s birthday and I just never get around to doing it.



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Unfortunately, when it comes to healthy relationships, technology can’t do it all. We still have to make an effort to keep in touch with friends and family. It can be hard to keep track of everyone’s lives, but if feels good when you connect with someone and learn more about them and what they’re doing.
I’m going to try harder this year to keep in touch with all of the people who are important to me!
Have a great week!



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