“...Also, I've recently started to try to really concentrate on what my friends and family are saying when they start conversations with me while I'm working. (Previously I would continue working, giving a grunt now and again, as necessary.) This little thing has made a big difference. Of course, lots of folks way smarter than I already know this stuff, but to a geek who only learned how to communicate with other humans relatively recently, this is deep thinking!”
Oh. Been there. I too need to start listening to my phone conversations and stop typing more while the most important people in my life talk to me. It's stupid and I'll start trying now. I bet this is a big problem for a lot of folks here as well..