We've all either personally experienced it or seen it: teens, kids and even parents tied to their cell phones or other devices at dinner, home, in public, on dates or even during meetings, church or school. Instead of healthy face-to-face interactions, people are more and more commonly glued to an electronic device.
This video portrays a humorous look at signs that you may be addicted to your phone. Some of the signs include:
Failing to see where you are walking because you're engrossed with your phone.
Dropping your phone on your face because you fall asleep while using it.
Panicking if your phone is not near you, even deciding you'd rather be late than go without your phone.
Tearing apart your bed or couch in search for your phone when you can't find it right away.
Answering your phone at inconvenient times — like while you're in the shower.
How often are we giving only divided attention to our loved ones? Are our eyes and minds glued to a screen waiting for the next notification? If so, we are missing out on special moments, interactions and opportunities to let our families know how much we love them.
Put down the phones, Kindles, tablets, iPads, etc. and interact face-to-face with those you love. Set rules and boundaries in your family for appropriate use of devices. Some families have a "no cell phone" policy at the table. Others may set up time restrictions or allowances to limit device usage. It's important for families to know how to communicate without electronics.
Not only do we avoid those we love with overuse of text messages, social media or gaming, but we also forget how to communicate with people with kindness and respect. Read "Have we forgotten our manners?"
Text interactions can also wreak havoc on our relationships with misinterpreted tones or phrases that would be more accurately portrayed in person. Read this article on "How to destroy a relationship via text."