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Interesting discussion with my dad today which reminded me just how far our generation has come in communicating.

First, I should say it was pretty cool to actually have my dad ask my opinion and then say he agreed with me. What was the question? How could my dad have a better dialogue with my brother.

My advice: send him emails and texts like he was using Twitter. Send nothing longer than 140 characters. I also suggested that he not worry about a reply. Just send a note with no expectations. If you don’t get a reply, don’t worry or fret about it. Just send another note tomorrow or the day after. This is the dialogue.

We’ve come a long way since my mom and dad had the first car phones on the block. Probably talking about 1970 or 1971. In that time, phones in cars had rotary dial keypads and the equipment box was as big as the trunk of the car. The best part of the phones back then, the conversations were monitored by the FCC. When dad cursed at my brother and me that we had not mowing the lawn, the operator got on the line and told him he couldn’t curse. That was awesome.

Communication has changed. People don’t talk on the phone like they used to. They tweet, text, email, etc. … It’s all good. Just roll with the flow and allow the conversation to go in whatever direction it takes.

(Photo: “Evan Davis at the Royal Wedding, Apr 2011” by Gareth Williams – Flickr: The Royal Wedding – Apr 2011 – Evan Davis Texts About Meeting Me. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)