Three friends go to lunch together on the pretense of catching up. They all sit down and one immediately starts in: what have the others been up to? How are the kids? What is their work situation like? Are they dating again after the last break-up?

The second pulls out their phone and scrolls through different social media, vaguely listening and responding to different cues that pertain to himself.

The third converses with the first, glancing over frequently at the second, peeking over his shoulder. He then pulls out his phone and proceeds to ignore the first to show the second some video he saw earlier.

That’s how most social interactions are now. We are all glued to our screens in search of something greater to do with our time instead of giving our attention to those in front of us.

News flash: when you need help, those social media platforms aren’t going to be there to rub your back and tell you everything is going to be okay.

We’re raising children on tablets and video games, instead of throwing them outside to learn about the real world.

There’s such a luck of emotional attachment to people, with an overabundance to material objects that supply us with instant gratification.

This last month, I’ve had a technological cleanse, and I can’t even begin to explain how different I feel. There’s less stress, my emotions aren’t being spread so thin that I feel I’m suffocating.

If you’re reading this and you’re part of the small percentage that can leave their phone at home and not hyperventilate, I applaud you. You go, Glen Coco.

To everyone else, when was the last time you made small talk with your waiter? Or the person standing in line next to you? When you go out to eat with family or friends, can you keep that phone off yours in your pocket?

Moments are fleeting. Use them to help brighten someone’s day face to face. The viral video of the week will be there later, I promise. 

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