How important is your cell phone to you? Do you go anywhere without your cell phone? Do you feel ” free” by having a cell phone or do you feel total distraction every time you try to do something be it at home or out of home? Do you even own a home telephone anymore?Do you text or actually talk to the person on the other end of the phone?
I miss some parts of my old life when I walked out the door and returned home when I said I would be home.However, tonight I went on a date with my husband and we shut off our phone , told our oldest daughter where we would be if she needed us, and had our date without any phone calls. It was great to have a connection without distraction.
I have found cell phones to create stress by waiting for the darn thing to ring ,then it doesn’t, or when I need to use my phone it dies, due to not holding a charge after a long period of time. I also find it quite costly,its a bill I never use to have. The biggest thing I see about phones these days is, not only do I pass people texting while driving, I see them bump into people when walking, or you cannot have a conversation with them due to their phone beeping constantly.
The distraction is always there without getting full attention when dealing with someone who always has to check their phone. Have you stood in a bank lineup listening to someone make a business deal, or be having an arguement with their boyfriend on the phone, or lecture their teenage kids without considering who is listening? I have even had friends not know I am standing there and they are so engulfed in there phone call they wanted right on by. I feel people seem to function in their own world without enjoying the public anymore.
Yes ,I have just spoke about the negitives here , however I have a method to this irritation I find with cell phones. I feel every person needs to learn to turn off the phone when they enter a grocery store ,or bank line up, focus on smiling to the people they walk by, look at the teller and say “thank you” for ringing through my groceries, you will probably then notice the teller is happy with you not grouchy looking. By taking a little “sanity” time without your phone when shopping you will be creating a lot less stress by not doing so many things at the same time.
Next time you have coffee,lunch etc .. with your friend,family, kids , shut off your phone and make your friend,family member feel like you want to have coffee with them. Honestly , what is wrong with being personal anymore? We all know its todays society to talk on the run, but we must not let CELL phone run our lives. Why follow the pattern of not connecting on a personal level with others! Instead learn to re-connect with your loved ones. When I was growing up I saw many more smiling faces and laughter than I do when I look at todays public. Todays public has blue tooths in their ears, or phones on there heads.. They forget to notice what is really going on! Let’s get back to what is happening around us in public!
Inspired Tip: Place a basket at your front door for whoever enters your home including yourself, to drop your cell phone into…This will let you know how attached you are to your phone! At least make an effort to put the phone in the basket for some part of your day!
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