The world of technology has taken over our lives. We rely so much on computers and cell phones to communicate that it is affecting the way we relate to others. And although our reliance on social media can do a lot to boost our self-esteem, it does affect the way we interact with each other on a more personal level.
Everywhere you turn now people are visibly attached to their cell phones and their tablets. Although they allow us to maintain better contact with our families and help us find long-lost friends and acquaintances they seem to be setting us back in terms of our social skills. Many times during conversations people will hear the magical sound of their cell phone alerting them to a call or text and, without thinking, reach for that phone and forget that they are physically interfacing with another human being. With the touch of a button we make contact with others distant from us and forget the art of conversation that can be utilized with the people right in front of us.
I was recently made aware of a new fad – groups of people who are going out for dinner agree to put their cell phones in the middle of the table. (the smart ones turn them off) The first person to reach for the phone during the meal has to pick up the tab. What a great trend to follow or to start in your own community of friends.
Imagine the amount of time you could actually spend with your friends and loved ones being engaged and truly invested in that relationship instead of worrying about the text messages you may be missing. The text messages will always be there for you to read but your friends may not wait around for you to give them the attention they deserve face to face.