Let me state the obvious. To listen to other people, you must pay attention to them — which means listening with your eyes as well as your ears. With all the distractions of the modern world — smart phones, computers, and the like — paying attention to what another person is saying has become problematic. Communication on devices such as these does not allow for listening. To truly listen, stop texting, emailing, or posting and instead have a face-to-face conversation.