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Step Away From Your Phone! | Importance of Being Present

Erin

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Jun 20th, 2014

family on their smartphones

We are all guilty of it — myself included: we sit down for dinner, meet friends after work or for lunch, and everyone at the table is glued to their smartphones…  

“Oh my god, did you see what Jenny posted?”
“This food is so good..I’m going to tweet about it.”
“I saw a great article on sweet potatoes on Twitter…I’ll send it to you.”
“What year did this restaurant open?  I’ll Google it!”
“Sorry…I’m having an intense texting discussion with my friend about last night’s Game of Thrones episode.”

While our phones can be useful tools — finding a restaurant, searching for an address, finding out the lyrics to that one song you just can’t remember — it’s important that we disengage with them once in a while.  The beauty of the internet is, is that 99.99% of the information will be there, available and accessible after you have dinner with your friends and family.  I challenge you: put down the iPhones and Droids and be present.  Be in the moment.  Years from now, you’ll want to recall these special moments, and you won’t remember a thing when you’re glued to your smartphones.

Make it interesting…
Going out to dinner with a group of people that are ALL addicted to their smartphones?  Everyone MUST put their smartphones in the center of the table face down.  The first to reach for their phone buys dinner.

Be present.  Be in the moment.  And you’ll be having more meaningful interactions with those you treasure most in the world.

2 Responses to Step Away From Your Phone! | Importance of Being Present

  1. Becky 05/07/2014 at 11:55 am

    I love articles like this one! So happy others out there are trying to be good parents. Thank you so much for putting this out there to so many.

  2. shelia 05/07/2014 at 3:31 pm

    Just make it a rule not to have them at the table or restaurant, just like having the tv off. I mean what’s the big deal!! We did without them before didn’t we??
    No BS excuses either like: what if I get an emergency call from my loved one. Really?? Not likely. Just BS.

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