A family at a restaurant, all of who are busy playing with their phones while waiting for the food to be served.
Two friends in a coffee shop. One passionately shares how her crush finally looked at her while the other one is busy browsing Facebook.
An executive cuts an important meeting after his mobile phone’s ringtone filled the entire room.
Are these familiar?
It annoys me a lot when I am with people, who I am supposed to spend time with, busy with their phones. Thankfully, it rarely happens to me. Yet I see it happen to other people all the time.
According to the 2016 Bank of America’s Trends in Consumer Mobility Report, 40% of millennial use their phones to avoid conversation during a holiday get together. 25% of the adult surveyed admitted to using their phones as people avoiders.
Picture this: a group of friends in a coffee shop busy fidgeting with their phones instead of talking to one another.
Do they really want to hang out as a group or are they just compelled to ‘be with each other’? Would they rather spend time to whoever they are messaging on their phones or following in Instagram? If so, why not do that?
A research published in the journal of Social Psychology indicated that the mere presence of a mobile phone can be distracting and have negative consequences in social interaction.
An uninterrupted 15 minutes of intimate conversation is more valuable that spending 2 hours of distracted conversation.
So next time you find yourself on a family dinner or a get together with your friends, make sure to keep your phone away. Cherish that time you have with them to listen, share stories, laugh, empathize and create new memories.
If you can’t, then you’re better off doing something else.