Call me old-fashioned. Call me intolerant. But I want to order and pay for my coffee with another human being, not a collection of cold, redundant and incredibly irritating glowing machines. Is that so much to ask?
My prediction is that many pubic places will begin to develop digital use policies--just as some restaurants are offering meal discounts if you agree to leave your phone in the car! In fact, that might not be a bad idea... to be in the social world without the intrusive digital distraction.
I have over 1,250 LinkedIn connections. Most people would consider me an active LinkedIn user. Still, I don't have the faintest idea what I'm doing on LinkedIn. In search of answers, I surveyed hundreds of fellow users.
Put the phone down and start talking to the people around you. The interpersonal skills you learn from face-to-face interaction will serve you much better in the future, especially when you're trying to build relationships with a potential boss.
've pruned my online connections. I've birthed new habits. I'm setting boundaries between work and personal time. I'm less scattered and distracted. I'm wasting less time. I have the reins in my hands again. I haven't been this productive or at ease in quite a while.
When my smartphone went dark, my PC succumbed to malware and my old TV conked out (must things always happen in threes?), I was forced to undergo a different kind of cleanse -- a digital cleanse -- which proved as jarring as I imagined a juice cleanse to be.
Think of the last time you showed up to meet friends at a cool new restaurant and beat them there. Did you check out the decor? People watch? Peruse the menu? Maybe, but as soon as the tiniest bit of social anxiety or discomfort creeps in, out comes the iPhone...
We were raised and taught to socialize, not to stay on our phones all day. But in this day and age, when my friends and I get together, we end up spending as much (maybe more) time on our phones as we do socializing.