Are You Texting at Dinner?
Cell Phone Texting On a Date Walking Into Restaurant
My husband Chuck and I went to D.O.C.G. in Las Vegas for dinner recently, arranged by a friend. Have you noticed that the best dinner experiences are those shared with close friends?
We had just ordered a salad and looked up to see an attractive couple walking in. What was curious was that the husband was texting intently while walking into the restaurant. He was not looking up except to check his steps every few seconds. His wife was several steps behind him also texting or emailing with her phone getting all of her attention –she almost ran into a table where another couple was eating dinner.
No Texting - Converse and Share with Each Other at Dinner
Be grateful if no one at your table has their cell phones in hand. Enjoy each other’s company, talking and sharing stories. It will be a more satisfying and very fulfilling night of connection and enjoying the company of close friends.
Technology has made our lives very convenient. My experience is that technology adds a barrier to love, connecting, face-to-face sharing (even with the advent of social media), and communication. People are addicted to their phones, iPads, etc….including me!
Living without Cell Phone or Texting for a Day
A few weeks ago, I had a full day of scheduled client appointments. I left home to meet a couple having communication problems in their relationship and wanting some tools to help them stop reacting to each other’s words.
Upon arriving at the couple’s home, I noticed my phone was missing. I experienced about five seconds of sheer panic and a short-term satisfying thought of going back home to retrieve it even though that would make me late for my appointment.
Sanity set back in when the sixth second struck. I knew where and when to be that day and more importantly, the awareness that I could do without my phone for a day. I was very attached to my cell phone and decided to change that habit. Now, I only check my phone a few times a day instead of every few minutes.
Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?
Cell phones have ring tones, so when you are available to speak or text, your phone let you know someone has contacted you. This allows you to be free and not chained to your phone.
And if you are not available, your cell phone lets me know who called or emailed or texted - and it takes the same amount of time to respond now or later…there’s no difference. Don’t let technology get in the way of your human, face-to-face connection.
Are you addicted to your cell phone?
What if we felt the same way about our partners as we do about our cell phones?
What if we gave our partners the love and acceptance and attention we give our phones?
What if the time we spent tuning and customizing our cell phones to our likes could also be spent working on our relationships to find mutual solutions to make our relationships more fulfilling and loving?
If you or your partner has this habit, work out a mutual agreement when you spend time together to turn off your technology and turn on each other!
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