January’s here and the resolutions are pouring in: eat healthier, be more active, get more done, have more fun. Rather than creating a laundry list of things I’m pretending I’m going to accomplish this year, I’ve got just one. One that I hope more people will adopt this year.
Use my cell phone only when necessary.
Sounds simple enough, right?
Today, we have to be reminded of the rules of proper cell phone etiquette (which next to no one abides by). Sadly these articles need to exist to remind us all that there are real human beings trying to interact with you. Meanwhile you’re too busy being sucked into the vortex we call our phone.
People are stupidly being swept out to sea, too distracted updating their Facebook status, new terms are coined like distraction walking, blogs are easily created for inappropriate selfies. Yes, it has become ridiculous and in reality, just plain rude.
I’m an offender, no doubt. A notification goes off and I’m programmed to look at it. When in reality I find that someone just double-tapped their screen and ‘liked’ my latest Instagram photo vs. what I thought was an important email that needs actual attention.
So let’s get back to basics. Here’s my solemn vow for 2014…
When I’m in a conversation. A REAL face-to-face conversation, my attention will be on them. My phone is out of hand, out of sight. Going out for dinner? It won’t even come out of my purse until the bill comes. My notifications are turned to an absolute minimum.
Repercussions will come of this for sure. There is going to be a delay in my response time. I may appear rude to people I don’t text back right away. I may have some explaining to do but I’m okay with that.
In 2014, stop the phubbing!