I went out with a friend the other day and while waiting for our food, I sat back and looked around taking in my surrounding and…
I noticed two girls with colored extensions sitting in the corner, a couple I suspect were on a date, a girl standing close to the entrance, but what really caught my eye was the table beside mine. It sat about 7 people. 4 girls and 3boys if my memory serves me well all bent downwards staring into their phones. Same with the other people I had noticed. The food they ordered was left on the table untouched. They were all engrossed with whatever they were looking at on their phones barely talking to each other ocassionally raising up their heads to show the other person a picture (I suspect) and all I could do was shake my heading repeating the words no, no, no this isn’t right.
And so I began to wonder. Have we totally lost it. Our sense of appreciation for the little things like time and friendship, healthy one on one conversations, enjoying the company of another or taking in the sights and sounds around us. Or do we simply lack basic etiquette.
I used to be guilty of this but I’ve learnt to ‘look up more’, read a book, watch a movie, have real conversations and not just virtual ones, learning to connect with things that really matter.
Being present has a great effect on the people we are with. It shows we want to be there, spending time with them. Let’s not get carried away by our phones and social media.
They will be there when we are done having real time conversations.
So here’s to the no phone zone…