The difference between connectionand conversation

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying reading Cal Newport’s book Digital Minimalism. It is so challenging and provoking. However, probably the most challenging chapter is called ‘Don’t click “like”‘ and is an exploration of the difference between ‘low grade’ connections, in the world of social media, and rich ‘high grade’ conversations that take place face-to-face. Here are just a few quotes:


“Turkle draws a distinction between connection, her word for the low-bandwidth interactions that define our online social lives, and conversation, the much richer, high-bandwidth communication that defines real-world encounters between humans. Turkle agrees with our premise that conversation is crucial:

“Face-to-face conversation is the most human–and humanizing–thing we do. Fully present to one another, we learn to listen. It’s where we develop the capacity for empathy. It’s where we expereince the joy of being heard, of being understood.””


“Face-to-face conversation unfolds slowly. It teaches patience. We attend to tone and nuance.”