Editor’s Note: May 2010 - Be Present!
Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: Photography By Anne
Do you find yourself ignoring the person in front of you as you e-mail, text, tweet and Facebook your thousands of “friends,” “fans” and such? Of course you do. Upon quick observation at a local eatery for lunch last week, I noticed about 75 percent of the room “interacting” with people that were not actually at the table with them.
With the invention of smart phones like the iPhone or Blackberry, you don’t have to bring along a book or newspaper in order to ignore the person in front of you anymore. Just bask in the glow of that fabulous phone which updates you (by the second) on who stubbed their toe, became a fan of some place they’ve never been or hates Mondays.
Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and all of the information it enables us to find within minutes. I can’t imagine putting this magazine out every month without it. However, it just seems to me that maybe we need to put the technology away when we are spending time with people.
I’ve caught myself doing it lately, and I don’t like my own behavior. The person sitting in front of you should have priority over the “thousands” of other friends you have, right?
My goal for the month is to start building stronger relationships with people than the one I have with my phone. People usually stay in your life for more than a few years—your phone does not.
In fact, the newest version of my phone was probably invented in the 10 minutes it took me to write this.