By Ron Cooper
Call me a dinosaur, but I miss a simpler time without pinging notifications, YouTube commercials and trending Twitter topics.
I miss eye contact.
I was taught that steady eye contact and a firm handshake came from promise-keepers, truth-tellers and people of admirable character. Eye contact served me well as a cub reporter at a small-town newspaper in Indiana where I would tell my editor: “He looked me straight in the eye and said…” when I knew I had a story worth writing.
A steady gaze helped me to establish trust with those I interviewed. I could size up a person by body language, especially eye contact. I did plenty of phone interviews, but preferred them in person. I could pick up cues to determine the veracity of the story and the character of the source.
Nowadays, our tablets, phones and iPads have a virtual monopoly on our eye time.
Alas, we’ve passed into an era that rivets our attention to social media at the expense of a more intimate relationship.
And I think that’s kind of a shame.
I wonder, will eye contact ever make a comeback?