ARE smartphones the ultimate conversation killer?
The answer is yes.
Because of smartphones, many are losing the art of face-to-face conversation.
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.
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.
Luke Proust, of the Bella Natural Food Company at Terrigal, is a trailblazer in smartphone cafe crackdowns.
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."