Your date is late? Do something on your phone.
Your date goes to the bathroom? Hurry up damnit and get that phone out!
You have some time between playing the piano between songs at Bull Feeny's? Text your buddies.
You're just bored? Just do something on your phones.
Something is super cool? Take a freaking selfie. Quick, before the moment passes.
The humorous part of this post is that I started it at a Hello Newman show at Bull Feeneys. Yes, I'm in public, at a concert, on my phone... The irony is not lost on me.
The inspiration for writing this post came from walking into the bar and noticing literally everyone on their phones. Two couples were on dates. Height of romance right there. I looked out the window into Fore street for some people-watching until the band came on. In a subconscious movement to be disacossiated with the electronic world, I failed to put my watch back on after a visit to the gym.
I'm about to embark on a road trip south to states I never thought i would visit. I will be alone with myself as much as I will allow myself. I like to write in my journal at each stop.
Sometimes it's a struggle bus not to reach out to someone, anyone, for a little human contact. But at what cost? What's so bad about just thinking and being in your own head? We are slowly being taught that it's ok to distract yourself with technology if you have a free minute. Go ahead and distract yourself, but make sure you're connecting with yourself, not with your phone.
Go outside. Leave the technology behind. It's odd at first but then it's quite freeing...