We, as humans, carry our phones with us wherever we go like classrooms, bathrooms, work, to bed, and outside — our phone is always in our hands, like our wallets. Sometimes people don’t trust leaving their phones out – they always keep them in their pockets.
According to http://liveboldandbloom.com, smartphones can be ruining relationships – due to lack of mindfulness, loss of communication, prioritizing the wrong models of communication, getting anxiety from the separation of our smartphones, etc, it is getting to the point when people are sitting next to each other and won’t even look at each other.
My family came up to New Brunswick to join me for dinner – we sat at a round table. Conversation ran thin because they were too immersed in their cell phones. I purposely kept my phone to the side so I would be forced to interact with my parents. Honestly, they didn’t seem too interested. Why would you come to join me for dinner if you’re going to just stay on your phone the whole time anyway?
The article states, “Why choose to communicate through social media, rather than enjoy a friend’s company? Or better yet, do something together, other than sitting side by side staring at the displays on your individual devices?”
When I confronted them about it, they put their phones away. They tried to sneak a couple of glances to every ten minutes or so. Our attention spans are getting smaller and smaller, unable to give our attention to people at the moment they request. How will our attention spans be for future generations when technology is more advanced?