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Conversation And The New 5 Minute Rule

It really is a sign of the times.  We watch TV in short segments.  Always channel surfing.  We “tweet”  in very short sentences, leave very short abbreviated text messages, listen to short sound bytes on the news –and now this… the 5 minute talking rule!!

  Since the entire world is now suffering from attention deficit disorder, we introduce the 5 minute speaking rule.  That’s right.  No need to blab on and on to each other, because according to Vivian Diller, PHD in an article in the Huffington Post

Whatever your age, limiting conversation on topics we tend to go on and on about serves us all. No one gets bored. No one has to interrupt. And no one needs to say, “How about we talk about something less depressing, more interesting and maybe even a bit more meaningful?”

And then she goes on to list all the topics that people should limit their time talking about, according to generation. 

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Was wondering how YOU feel about this.  Before you start a conversation with someone, do you tell them up front that you only have 5 minutes?  Are you being practical, or rude?  Would you be insulted if someone said to you, “I’d love to hear about your grandmother dying, but you only have 5 minutes, because basically it’s depressing the hell out of me”.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotta think about this one for a second.   (Holy macarel–I hope it didn’t take you more than 5 minutes to read this blog!  There’s another topic altogether!!)

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