I ran into thousands of people literally this past weekend at the San Diego Comic Con and many of them were on their cell phones. And I am also guilty of that as well, but I was taking live video on FB so that I could share it with those that cannot make it to the Show due to tickets selling out quickly.
We even tend to use our little devices as conversation starters and or conversation pieces. Like who's the coolest youtuber, what's the latest game, have you seen the latest Trump video, and how many Pokemon have you caught lately?
So in a way, we are still talking, but instead of talking about our favorite book, TV or movie show, we are talking about the information we receive wireless through a tiny screen. Are the conversations richer because of this? And are we starting to talk the same way we have gotten used to texting in short abbreviated sentences?
Are you allowing cell phones at the dinner table? If so, why or why not? Do you feel that its encroaching on their right to express themselves or their right to spend their time as they choose? And if you do not allow cell phones at the dinner table, do you feel that it is disconnecting one another from each other? Or do you find it dis-respectful for someone not to be giving their full attention to a sacred family time? Or is your family time sacred, or highly meaningful to you?
I prefer that no one use their cell phone at the dinner table out of respect to our family time. Yes, its special to me when we eat even if its in silence or laughing about an experience we shared or we created. It is very rewarding and fulfilling to see everyone talking to each other and not lost in cyber fantasy. It is clear that our kids approve of the rule because they keep us honest about it as well. They appreciate their mom and dad time.
Are you saying much while you're talking? Or does it really matter? I believe that our Pokemon Go generation will have their heads buried in their phones for years to come, but its going to be up to us to set the tone, to set the priority and to keep each other talking because real talking is genuine connection to each other.