If you’ve ever been married, then chances are that you know that hearing and listening are two completely separate activities. We hear all sorts of things every day, a baby crying, a car horn, a status update ding, but we rarely ever stop to listen to any of these things. We can be guilty of treating the ones that matter most in a similar way of hearing but not listening. I am probably the worst offender. My husband lovingly tells me I have tunnel vision. For some reason I have an amazing ability to tune out just about anything if I’m focused on something else. He’ll come to me to tell me the timer on the food has been going off while I’m engrossed in the nightly news or even something else less relevant. I think we live in a society where we are bombarded with information all day. Newscasts now generally feature a stock ticker on the bottom and other scrolling headlines. If you’ve ever been to college then you know how to read while watching television. Twitter is a trendy stalking tool where you can find out just about anything about a person. Because we are used to more information and stimulation coming at us than we can generally process, it makes sense that these bad habits can lurch into our time with friends and family. It’s ironic and sort of sad that you could be sitting on your couch updating your status to connect with people who have phased out of your life and lose the connection to person you are sitting with on the couch. Just remember to take time everyday to spend real quality with the people that love you the most.