In a technological world where we spend more than half of our days looking at our phones instead of looking at the people around us, we need to be reminded of the importance of looking up every once in a while. In this summary of Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection by Brian Grazer, we learn that looking at people in the eyes can positively affect our social life, our careers, and even make us happier people. It won't take a lot of your energy, but it does have a major effect that is, at least, worth reading about.
“Mr. Grazer—as you might imagine for someone who helped createA Beautiful Mind,American Gangster, andFriday Night Lights—is a skilled storyteller….In a world where people appear to carry out love affairs and pursue business relationships solely by text, making the effort to meet someone in person, undistracted, is a strategy worth considering.”
“The producer behind “Arrested Development” and “A Beautiful Mind” uses his own career experiences to illustrate the importance of the semi-lost art of authentic interpersonal communication”
“Grazer’s new book, “Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection,” explores the virtues of getting people to open up with one another, starting with basic eye contact, in an era defined by social media and smartphone-enabled multitasking. He writes about how that skill, combined with old-fashioned Hollywood persistence, helped him get such hits as “Inside Man” and “American Gangster” made.”
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As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive revolution. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life.
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The more I connected with others, the more I got out of my Education and the more confident I became. It was like I had a superpower.
Staying connected should be just as important as exercise or good diet when it comes to taking care of ourselves.
A major reason we are becoming so bad at forming connections is because we are losing the ability, the opportunity, and the desire to look others in the eye.
You are taking the time and energy to focus on them because they matter; their knowledge, thoughts, insights, experiences are of value. There is not one person on earth who doesn't crave that kind of validation.
Research suggests that the ideal length of time to hold a person's gaze if you want to form an authentic connection is seven to ten seconds.
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All it takes is the curiosity and courage to initiate engagement with another human being, and the willingness to listen and learn with an open mind.