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Global Day of Unplugging: How to Embrace “Conscious Communication”, According to an Expert

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23 billion texts are thought to be sent worldwide daily, and 6 in 10 ten adults ages 18 to 29 (62%) now say they are constantly online. Unsurprisingly, digital burnout is becoming increasingly common and can negatively affect friendships. Whether you’re guilty of leaving messages unread or find neglected conversations weighing you down, it might be time to rethink how you connect with friends.

Below, Katie Burnet, Card Buyer at cardfactory shares three tips to help you shift toward conscious communication.

1. Slow it down 

Katie Burnet at cardfactory says: “Slow living, slow travel, and slow fitness are just a number of the trends which have risen to popularity in recent years, highlighting how taking a considered and deliberate approach can be the secret to ‘doing things well.’ These same mindful principles can be applied to how we communicate and maintain relationships.”

“While there are, of course, moments when it’s important to reply in a timely manner, it can be incredibly tiring to always be accessible and, not to mention, abnormal.

“If you’re struggling to have consistent and valuable conversations with your friends online, why not try switching toward a more conscious form of communication, such as sending cards and letters?”

“Downtime is inherently built into this form of communication, encouraging you to be more mindful with your words than you perhaps would be if you were communicating via social media. With no read receipts, the pressure to respond immediately is alleviated, combating the friendship fatigue that often comes from digital communication and adult schedules.”

2. Employ the “thinking of you” method 

Katie says, “An easy method to employ day-to-day is the ‘thinking of you’ method. Simply put, this is the habit of sending a message to your friend whenever they pop into your mind or you see something that reminds you of them.

“Instead of mulling about how you must remember to schedule a meetup or send them a long-winded life update, a quick message to share what brought them to your mind is a positive way to use instant messaging to your benefit in a friendship.

“This is an example of intentional communication that acknowledges shared experiences or memories between friends and acts as a reminder of the close bond you share, which can sometimes be hard to communicate virtually.

“We also love the act of sending a surprise personalised card to a friend ‘just because’. As we normally only receive posts for special occasions, this is an instant way to brighten someone’s day and remind them of how special they are to you.

“Try this next time before you send your usual ‘how are you?’ message.”

3. Earmark a date 

Katie says: “Whether you communicate with your friends through long letters or sporadic texts, nothing beats meeting up in person.

“Try to earmark a date that you and your friend agree is set aside for quality time spent together. Depending on how easy the meet-up is, this could be a monthly recurring day, for example, every first Sunday of the month, or a yearly occasion. The frequency of this meet-up isn’t too important; what’s crucial is committing to the day and making sure to keep it earmarked.

“Reserving this time for your friend means you both know there’s space for one another in each other’s lives, and the communication in between these dates (or lack thereof) is inconsequential to the health of your relationship.”

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