The half listening is epic at our house. My daughter called while I was out last evening. She imparted some exciting news to the house hunk and then requested that I call when I came back home.
In a little while I returned. The house hunk shared the news. And said, "She said she'll call back in a little while."
Naturally, when my daughter called back, she was a tad put out because I never returned her call. Fortunately, she knows her father. And fortunately, the question she had for me was one I could locate an answer for relatively easily. Sheeesh.
I've noticed there's a lot of selective listening (and reading) in the world today. I once had a contest that I really felt was very easy and uncomplicated. Yet when I scanned through the answers, it was clear that few of the contestants read the question. That contest still puzzles me.
Comments on my blog sometimes puzzle me. I usually write my blogs with considerable care. So when the comments don't come close to the subject matter of the blog, I scratch my head and go back to re-read the blog, searching for the possible interpretations my readers placed on the blog. Very odd.
Why exactly do we see this proliferation of half listening? Is it because we're too busy or too lazy or just don't care? Listening or reading with intent requires attention. It requires that extra few minutes of time.
Are we really too busy?