Some where in the last few years people have forgotten how to be polite when it comes to being actually engaged with those around them and having a real conversation.
I have seen this over and over again- At bars, at dinner, at work, on the street. 2 people involved in a conversation but only one (or sometimes no one) really engaged. As one person is speaking, the other is checking their phone.
WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT IT CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE CONVERSATION?
How about an, “excuse me- I am waiting to hear from my son/daughter”
We know that digital manners could probably use some improvement, as three out of four people think cell phone etiquette has gotten worse in the past few years. But did you know that 10 percent of singles under 25 text during sex and 15 percent of adults actually answer their mobile phone during sex? As soon as the deed is done- many scramble to see what messages came in while they were busy.
Remember, your mobile phone isn’t always an accessory and you shouldn’t go into a panic attack if your battery dies. Unless you’re expecting a call from the president of the United States or need a liver transplant, sometimes it’s good to take a digital break from the constant chaos.
Things that show you may have an electronic addiction.
You leave your phone on the table during dinner and check it constantly.
You sleep with your phone
You talk on your phone on the bus, in the bathroom, on the train…
You’re pretending to check the time on your phone, but really the “time” is “Facebook.”
You force your bartender to make an obscure drink because you looked it up on your phone.
You try to be cute by adding your number to a stranger’s phone with a ‘fun’ nickname.
You constantly put us on speakerphone and complain you can’t hear us properly.
So take a day- turn it off. Life will go on. Have a REAL conversation with someone. You will be amazed at what you hear.