If This Video Doesn’t Convince You To Put Down Your Phone, Nothing Probably Will…
We have become more connected then ever before with all of the great new technology, but does it sometimes make us LESS connected...
For those who are across the country from loves ones, being able to connect with those who are not living right where you are, I still think these technologies are very good. Without Skype, Facebook and other social media, sharing experiences with those far away would be very difficult. But it does make me so sad when I see families out together and everyone has their screen and no one is talking to each other. I see it often.
Our family has a rule of no screen time when we are out together. In the car on the way is fine, but once we are out walking or eating or whatever we are doing, the screens are stowed safely away and we interact as people without abbreviations. We have gone so far as to only have a cheap phone that we add minutes to by the month for only emergency calls. No texting, no internet, no checking email or Facebook. Only when we are back home and only during certain times.
I do remember all too well when long distance calls were a huge expense so in that sense, staying connected with those far away and not going broke is an amazing thing. I remember a $900 monthly phone bill in College from me making calls to my boyfriend at a different University and I am glad to be away from that expense.
So if it is used in limited amounts and it isn't your whole life, and you know how to put it down when you are out with people, and most importantly, you realize what is what is right in front of you is what is most important right now, I think there can be a good mix.
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