A high school kid walking down the street, looking at their phone is a regular sight in 2017.
“I have Instagram, and a Snapchat, and a Facebook..."
Looking up from her phone, Rebecca Chapman lists off her social media accounts while walking around a snowy Park Hill.
“I get to connect with my camp friends, and see what they’re doing,”
Rebecca notes some benefits of the apps, but a recent project the Denver East freshman undertook during her free time helped her realize the benefits of a face-to-face conversation.
“Basically I go to different nursing and assisted living homes,” says Rebecca, “and interview residents basically about their life.”
She conducts the interviews herself and posts them here.
“I want to preserve these stories because I feel like the older generation is passing away really quickly, and with that, their stories, which are really interesting and really important to remember, are also disappearing.”
The discussions had during these interviews helped Rebecca remember the value of conversation.
“It showed me the importance of actually talking about something,” she says, “and sitting down face to face, and seeing how people really feel about what they’re talking about.”
Rebecca says a few conversations in particular have stood out to her - stories of concentration camps and coming out as a gay man. Hear from Rebecca, in her own words, in the video above, courtesy photojournalist Mike Grady.