Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Put Down Your Phone and Read This

I suppose this isn't a surprise, but it sure is sobering. Let's all be better with our phones, ok?

It’s a powerful insight. Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree of connection they feel. People keep the conversation on topics where they won’t mind being interrupted. They don’t feel as invested in each other. Even a silent phone disconnects us.