Smart-Generation: Hanging Out With Friends

Lauren K. Gray: We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.
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These people are not only immersed in their smartphones at a cafe, but they are also developing “text neck”.

Matt Taylor: How we’ve lost the art of face-to-face conversations and become rude in restaurants to family and friends

ARE smartphones the ultimate conversation killer?

The answer is yes.

Because of smartphones, many are losing the art of face-to-face conversation.

Cafe wants to see more ‘fines’ for rude phone use

Let me give you an example: Last week I was out with family at a restaurant. We were seated next to two couples, both aged in their 40s.

I couldn’t help but notice the lack of conversation. For an hour, their heads were buried in their smartphones. The only time I heard anything from either table was when orders were being placed with the waiter.

I recounted this to a colleague who argued, somewhat jokingly, that smartphones could be helping to save relationships.

But when did it become socially acceptable to ignore your partner or friends when out for dinner? It’s rude and disrespectful.

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Using your smartphone while ordering at a cafe or restaurant is the bane of waiters’ existence.

Look, I see many benefits in using smartphones. It has the potential to save lives, and allows us to source key information in an instant.

But they are also becoming a pain in the neck … literally. There’s a new syndrome coming with all this extra use called “text neck”.

Constantly looking down at an angle places enormous strain on the spine and can result in permanent harm, according to a new report.

Next time you are on a train or at a cafe, check out the posture of a person on their smartphone. You’ll see them getting text neck.

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Get off the phone: Bella Natural Food Company’s Luke Proust gives Kim Dafter an evil stare at the counter. Picture: Waide Maguire

Luke Proust, of the Bella Natural Food Company at Terrigal, is a trailblazer in smartphone cafe crackdowns.

Cafe takes stand against rude phone users

I like the idea of having a basket in the middle of a table for smartphones, and the first person to reach for theirs has to pay the bill.

This will help save our relationships before we all become basket-cases.

June 09, 2015 | Matt Taylor Comment Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate  | http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au "How we’ve lost the art of face-to-face conversations and become rude in restaurants to family and friends"
Lauren K. Gray | Communications Coordinator at PepsiCo | Original Source: linkedin.com/pulse "We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people."
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