Is the ubiquitous internet — that constant need to ogle our phones at the first free moment — affecting our ability to focus? Do you find yourself compelled to change your Facebook status, or check your blog stats, or forward that new lolcat when you should be writing that proposal, building that deck, or designing that new site? Do you give your spouse laser eyes when you’ve served dinner and they’re texting a friend or taking a call while dinner gets cold? Is that constant alluring stream of self-validating Twitter @replies, Facebook Likes, and Instagram hearts affecting our ability to relate to human beings in the flesh?
Answer the poll below, then expand on your thoughts and feelings about whether or not the internet is ruining our focus and our ability to relate to other humans in an original blog post on your site. Be sure to tag your entry with DPchallenge.
I have to admit that as little as I know about my phone, I am addicted to Words With Friends as it does help to keep me calm throughout the day. I find a challenge in trying to use all of my letters in one pass or at least most of them till I get to the end and then I just hope to use them.
I do put my phone down when I have company. I will tell phone callers (that are not customers), that I have company and will call them back and will wait to answer text messages as long as they are not customers.
I have different ringtones to signify whether it is gmail notifications or if it is a facebook or email. I also have a separate ringtone to let me know a text has come in so that I am not constantly checking my phone.
Since Words With Friends has a mind of it’s own and some days I can’t play for close to ten hours at a stretch, I will go a long time without being on my phone.
If my phone is on the charger I might not even get a call much less a text message for days till my cat drops the phone.
We do use the phone for our square https://squareup.com/ for business transactions. This I love. It has made life much easier.
What are your feelings on this subject has it taken away from social skills?
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