I have lost count of the family members, loved ones, friends that I have been having face-to-face conversations with, after having not seen them often for months, and feeling that sinking feeling when they pull out their phone mid-chat.
I am not criticizing these people. I would surely be the same if I had one, which is why I don’t.
I feel sorry for my kids, when they are telling one of their stories about the bird at the park and the person they are talking to checks their iPhone. My heart bleeds for them. What message are they getting? That this story that meant the world to them is really not that important after all?
A Wall Street Journal article published in May, “Just Look Me In The Eye Already,” discussed how technology use has affected our decline in eye contact — and the negative effect that reducing eye contact during conversations can have on our relationships. (more…)