Over the past few years, I have noticed a startling phenomenon: children are not making eye contact in conversation, lecture, or class-towards adults or their peers. When people speak to them, they glance off in the distance, if they look in the person’s immediate direction at all.
Is this a by-product of our gadget oriented society? Are we so entrenched in our phones and tablets that we can no longer connect with other humans on a visceral level?
At the studio, we have started having conversations about the importance of body language, respect, and, yes, eye contact. This simple form of body language is so important and necessary for communicative success.