Captain’s Log 6,031
Not sure I like where all of this is going.
Constantly checking our devices.
We are so disconnected. I don’t see how this makes us closer. I see it as isolating. Yes, we are learning a lot and communicating with technology….but does that take the place of this?
Imagine. Eating together and sharing real-time conversation.
I’ve certainly done my fair share of this.
Geocaching with a group of friends. Nothing better.
So here’s an idea. If you are with phone freaks at dinner, ask everyone to put his or her cell phone on the table. Nobody can touch the phones during the meal. If someone “cracks” and picks up their phone, that person has to pick up the entire check for the whole table. Including tip.
Clever idea. I have heard it works. I have a few friends who are constant phone checkers. They pretend NOT to be, but if I go to the restroom, I often find them doing a furtive check before they realize I am coming back to the table. Sometimes, I change my “route” and enter from the other direction (if possible). It’s fun to catch them in the act and listen to the lame-sauce excuses.
I use my phone for both business and personal use. I leave it on all the time. When I feel it vibrate, I do look at the screen. If it is work-related or something personal I must attend to immediately, I excuse myself and take care of business away from the table. I NEVER make cell calls at the table, in anyone’s living room, etc. If I must return a text, I ask for a gracious pardon and answer quickly. I never engage in text conversations in the presence of others. And I answer work texts quickly and discreetly when I am with other people. Personal matters can wait unless they are emergencies (like the airline letting you know your flight is leaving two hours AHEAD of schedule).
We are losing our sense of courtesy. That makes me sad.
When I am on the road and going down a lonesome highway in the middle of nowhere, there is nothing nicer than seeing OUT OF CELL RANGE on my phone. Truly. I mean it.