According to Nadine Dolby, who shared her opinion on The Chronicle of Higher Education, nowadays students have been conditioned to explicitly express their opinion, to make a stance, and to voice their attitude as soon as they get the chance to. Social media, through the means of status updates, pictures, and tweets, gives them endless opportunities for them to speak up, for them to put pour their thoughts out into the world. Now anyone’s voice can be heard within seconds anywhere in the world through the means of technology. However, is anyone listening?
The downfall of living in a society where expressing your own opinion above everyone else’s has become more than a trend, rather a way of individual success, is that no one listens to each other anymore. The sole reason we let, or rather tolerate others’ opinions, is to have something to say as a response. It is essential nowadays to know how to debate, and stand up for what you believe in; however, we may forget the importance of listening: the art of truly hearing and wanting to know what the other person has to say.
Listening is a crucial way of comprehending the world around us. How else would one be able to see a subject from various viewpoints, beliefs, and cultures? Instead of always feeling antsy to express our own opinion, we must also be eager to learn from others, because everyone has something to teach. Listening and expressing thyself are not opposite actions that require regulating; they just need to learn to coexist within each person.
Read the full article at: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Theres-No-Learning-When/132759