Tuned out and plugged in
Guilty. Makes me question what message I’m sending to my son? Honestly, what is more important than face to face time? Nothing. How many times have you seen people in public tuned out and plugged in even though they are not alone?
Last semester I shared with my students how we never received personal phone calls at school when I first began teaching in the early 90’s. The only messages we ever received were from parents asking us to call at our earliest convenience. Those days are over. Now we have made ourselves available 24/7. The messages we receive all day aren’t just messages we find in our mailbox at school either. We receive all sorts of updates/messages professional and personal throughout the day now. Is this what our lives have become?
There is no reason why anyone should break eye contact to check a device. Since I have been more aware of my own actions, I no longer immediately answer the beep or the vibration of my iPhone when I’m with face to face with anyone and I limit checking it when I’m home with my family.
We can’t become the generation that tuned out and plugged in or we’ll be the generation who missed out!