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  1. Richard Hoch
    June 22, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

    What a great topic. I have a 21 year old son who from the time he was 5 or 6, didn’t like speaking on the phone, to anyone, and his voice reflected that fact. Drove me crazy. I’m a former retailer and now radio host who talks with a lot of folks so, I realize how important it is to hear expressions. He’s now in his third year of college and works delivering ice to businesses. He is just now becoming aware of the need to hear the voice rather than simply reading a message. I’m hoping it’s a maturity thing and these humans begin living in the real world. I think that’s the fear, the real world and responsibility. I remember the days when homes had one phone and when I’d call to speak to a girl, I would also speak to her Mom, Dad or whoever. Now, boys or girls never have to recognize or speak to a parent. Not good. Thank you!


    • Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
      June 22, 2015 @ 12:19 pm

      Interesting take, Rich. And it’s so good to hear that I’m not alone. 🙂


  2. Kathy Pukropski
    June 22, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    The article is spot on, I have 3 daughters ages 17-22 and they are all this way. I remember when I was that age my mother would make me call businesses to make appointments, obtain car insurance, etc. I disliked it but looking back I am glad she did this. It was a valuable life lesson. Unfortunately, This is not just happening with our youth, but society in general. We are all tethered to our electronic devises and losing human contact. Just look around the next time you are in public. Sad.


    • Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
      June 22, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

      All true, Kathy. And your mom did a great thing by having you make those calls for yourself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  3. Geri Beckette
    June 14, 2015 @ 7:09 am

    My son is 16 and absolutely refuses to call the girl he is dating. They text on and off all day, and he complains they don’t get to see each other often due to busy schedules. I said well you could talk on the phone. You would have thought I told him to marry her. “Mom you don’t just call someone.” How do you get to know each other? He could not answer. I am both scared and a little sad on the effect this will have on their relationships now, and in the future.


    • Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
      June 14, 2015 @ 10:43 am

      Geri, thank you so much for sharing this. I couldn’t agree with you more. It is both scary and sad, and it really makes you wonder about the future. Thank you again.


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