How do you feel about sharing a table or conversation with people who for whatever reason don’t seem to be able to disconnect themselves from their mobile devices?
Call me a dinosaur if you want, but I find it really annoying! I have even encountered situations where guests at the table have been sending text messages to each other opposed to participating in the conversation. What on earth has happened to manners and social etiquette?
I don’t know how you feel, but I call people on it now and simply avoid ever meeting with them in the future. It’s not rocket science is it? Building lasting, meaningful or deep relationships requires you to be really present at the table – not just in body.
And it appears I am not on my own with this issue. A recent study of mobile phones and their usage found that having a mobile phone visible during a conversation caused people to feel less positive and connected towards the person they were chatting to. The very presence of a mobile phone automatically triggers thoughts about a wider social network, reducing the level of empathy and understanding in face-to-face conversations.
And a mobile phone anywhere to be seen during a romantic dinner – now that is a serious social faux pas.
What are your thoughts on the matter?