Saturday, March 29, 2014

Put Down the Phone and Pick Up A Cup!

PUT DOWN THE PHONE AND PICK UP A CUP!!

We hear so much about texting and talking while driving, but what about those people who can't seem to take a coffee or lunch break without their telephones up to their ears?

Honestly, I like a good phone conversation as well as the next person, but I think it's all gotten a bit out of control.  Like where do we go from here?

I was walking back from lunch the other day and realized that no one was paying attention to their surroundings, the traffic signals, the other pedestrians, the elderly, disabled, pets and babies.  People are completely addicted to their smart phones, which isn't so smart, sometimes.

I tend to not walk and talk because I don't want to get distracted and step out into traffic or become the victim of a "snatch and grab" which is not at all uncommon in large cities.

So, I thought, "What if everyone decided to, for one day only, not use their cell phones during lunch or break and instead find a nice coffee shop and have a cup of coffee and a cookie or sandwich or other snack?"  Wouldn't that be a great way to decompress without that constant need to be "connected?"

Just to literally "dial it back."

I have a feeling that we might realize that there are better ways to connect with people than by phone.  There's a good chance you might make a new friend or business contact over coffee without using any data or cell plan.

Will you accept the challenge?  

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