Next time you find yourself in a waiting room at a doctor’s office, car wash, bus stop, or restaurant leave your mobile device in your bag. Look around your present environment.
One great example of this is riding in an Uber! Actually “see” what is going on around you. Read a magazine or newspaper. Start a conversation with someone seated next to you. Reconnect.
Another mobile device challenge is fun when dining out. All guests place their devices in the center of the table and the first person to reach for their device pays the tab! There’s some motivation to reconnect with people and disconnect from your devices, even if it is only for a little while!
Have you ever thought about the impact those little mobile devices that we keep in our pockets, backpacks, or purses have on our lives? How they change not only what we do, but how we do it and when? How it seems that we aren’t connecting with our fellow humans like we used to? If you haven’t thought about it, take some time to reflect on how, when, and where you use your mobile devices.
The presence of a cell phone while two people are having a face-to-face conversation can generate negative feelings toward the person who has his or her device visible. The constant ringing, vibrating and reminders can put a cell phone user on edge and bring that person anxiety and stress.
Lastly, The incessant touching of your phone can harbor tons of germs, increasing the risk of illness. It’s a good idea to wipe down your device each week with antibacterial hand wipes or a spritz of Lysol on a towel.