We’ve all been there. That moment when you’re at lunch and you feel like you’re eating alone because your friend is constantly staring at their phone. Not to say I’m not guilty of wanting to get the “perfect” Instagram shot of my drink or dessert; but, you can get the “shot”, upload it, tweet it, and be done with it. Technology is taking over our day-to-day interactions, and not in a good way. You see it everywhere. The groups of people sitting at a table “interacting” when their heads are actually buried in their smart phones.
I’m always in a constant struggle over whether to say something or not. I mean, they’re my friends; I want to spend time with them; but, not like that. We live in a world where knowledge is at our fingertips. I’m always questioning how people “truly lived” without all the technology we have. I mean, how did people ever get anywhere without the GPS on the iPhone. Seriously?!
But, in all seriousness, we need to take a few steps away from the constant buzz of technology when we should be building true relationships. I’m tired of being the third wheel to “Guess what Kim Kardashian just tweeted!” I would rather know about the cute guy you just met or the great movie you saw without having to get all of my info in a 160 character blurb.
Not to sound melodramatic. But I’m just asking for people to be present. Some of the things I value most in life are honesty and being real. You can’t really get to the heart of someone if you can never look them in the eye!
I’ve heard about people who put their cell phones in the middle of the table on vibrate when they’re at dinner, etc. And if someone can’t help but reach over and grab theirs--then they have to pay for everyone’s dinner, or a round of drinks, etc. That’s not such a bad idea. May just have to try it next time I’m out!
Have any of y’all dealt with an extreme case of smartphone-itis? What kinds of tricks did you employ? Or did you just lay your cards out on the table and asked for some real-time?