Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the convenience of having a smart phone – I LOVE mine!! However, I am mindful about using it when my attention should be on something or someone else. The reason I bring this up is because on Saturday night, while my husband and I were having dinner at a restaurant at Legacy Place in Dedham, we noticed that the couple at the table next to us were barely paying attention to each other. Why? Because their heads were down almost the entire time they were at the table. They were both frantically texting away, oblivious to each other. In fact they could barely put their phones away. The guy tried to. He would place the phone on his belt clip. He would look straight ahead at his date, but when he saw that she was still busy texting, obviously preoccupied, he had no choice but to pick up his phone again to see if any new texts had come in. I started to think that their behavior was borderlining on addiction. If you can't put your phone away for an hour or so and have nice dinner and conversation with someone else, that's a problem. And then I started to wonder, will we lose the art of interpersonal communication, we can't have a conversation unless it's by e-mail, tweet or text? It scares me, especially for my son’s generation. Maybe as parents, we should set an example and to encourage others to speak to each other face to face, no distractions. So the next time you hear that familiar tone, or see your phone light up, telling you that you have a message alert, test yourself. Can you resist the urge to respond?
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