Learn to talk. (credit to my older, wiser brother, Stephen Porter, on the original idea here).
I speak 6 languages. Not fluently, and I have an accent in most of them. Swahili was the most recent one I learned and what a fun, challenging experience. My sixth language though? Digital media.
You may be a “digital native” . You don’t even remember Windows 95 and Compuserve. That doesn’t excuse you from this one.
I understand lol, I know that ALL CAPS IS YELLING, and I try to keep up with what the digital cultural metaphors are.
But just because you speak digital doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn to speak to people. Having a conversation is about valuing the person in front of you. At 40, I get irritated when everyone at the table keeps checking their phone. Which means that I’m often irritated at myself.
Can you have a conversation? A lengthy conversation, that’s verbal, personal and face to face?
Try it out. If you are struggling, google it. You should know how to do that, right?