Back on April 24th I started with this poignant statement, “ At the end of the day you’re missing out on life experience if you’re constantly checking in with anybody that’s not in the room”. I wish I’d written that as it resonated with me because it’s so true but it was singer/songwriter Sheryl Crowe. When was the last time you were at a social gathering where you didn’t see a number of people glued to their smartphones?
Those electronic devices we carry around are both a blessing and a curse. I have one and use it for texting, emailing and even as a phone. I have the obligatory social media apps, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Twitter. I don’t use them a lot. Maybe it’s a generational thing but this baby boomer prefers to live in the moment and pay attention to my surroundings. I can easily go an hour or two without looking at my smartphone. I know, horror of horrors! I check voicemail when convenient. If important, the caller will have left a message. If I hear the ping of a text or sound of an email, again I will check it if convenient but if I’m socially interacting in person at the time it would be rude to do it right away. To repeat, “At the end of the day you’re missing out on life experience if you’re constantly checking in with anybody that’s not in the room”.