By Alexis Capers
People do not speak to one another anymore. Our heads are down, focused on our technology. I really took note of this one night when I was out to dinner with my family. My daughter had her ipad, the baby had my iphone, and my husband was playing a game on his Android phone. Since I had no one to talk to, I decided to look around the restaurant and people watch.
Much to my dismay, everyone had their heads down! Not a single person at that moment was talking to or even looking at one another! Astounding! I could not believe my eyes. Is this where technology has taken us? Are we so tethered to our devices that we cannot take the quality time to enjoy one another?
When I am in a great mood and smiling and talking to people, I see how it affects their mood. Facial expressions change, mannerisms improve. Communication is infectious and keeps us human. I really wish our younger generation was not raised on I this and I that.
I decided right then and there that we all had to put down the tech! Unplug from the devices and plug into our family! We had one of the best dinners we had in a long time! It was so worth making the stand to tune out our phones and tune in to one another.
At home, we un-plugged too! No TV anymore at dinner. Now we play music softly or nothing at all as we sit together and eat. I know this is near impossibly for most to do with our busy schedules (even my family doesn’t do it all the time). But taking a moment to reconnect to one another is so important. Let’s raise our heads from our smartphones and raise each other up to a better day!
What I’m falling for this week:
Talking, no electronics, family! Enjoy each other!