Smart Phones are separating us as strangers. Bus stops and bars are filled with people face down, hands up...reading something super important on their hand-held devices. It's becoming less and less likely for small talk and random conversations with a new face.
However, lately, I've seen quite a few people put down their phones and engage with a stranger.
Four times this week, I've been at a stop light and seen someone ask a fellow car for directions. I'm not sure why, but that makes me feel like I live in a small town. Mostly because somewhere in life everyone must have been taught that it's bad manners to deny the eye-contact, motion-to-roll-down-your-window smile from a stranger.
I like that.