danny and i are often reminding each other to “be present” – it sounds so simple, but it can be very difficult. sometimes your brain is busy with thoughts of work, life and to-do lists… but the killer is technology. it’s out of control and danny and i are guilty as charged. people today are obsessed with being connected. it’s become socially acceptable to be playing on your iPhone during drinks with friends, blogging on your computer while watching a movie with your husband or just walking away from the dinner table to go watch TV before everyone is done. i remember when “call waiting” came out and my parents refused to opt-in because they couldn’t think of anything ruder than interrupting a phone call to answer another one. oh, how things have changed.
last weekend we were at The Vig with some friends and noticed that everyone had their iPhones out and were constantly checking them… facebook, instagram, e-mail, twitter, texts… sheesh. in an effort to “be present” we decided to stack our phones in the middle of the table face down and participate in a “phone fast” for the rest of our time together. it’s amazing how engaging conversations are when people aren’t distracted (myself included).
next time you’re out with friends, i challenge you to encourage a phone fast… it’s a fun little social experiment.