3 Places You Shouldn’t Bring Your Smartphone
Now smartphones are everywhere. But this marvelous invention that was supposed to bring us closer together has had the opposite effect. Psychologist and MIT professor Sherry Turkle believes it is destroying the art of conversation and that this is a serious cause for concern.
The Dining Table
“I’m not draconian about these things. Cellphones can be social tools, like when you look at a video together. Cellphones are very useful when you’re at dinner and you want to go see a movie and one of you pulls out your phone and looks up the time. The danger is when you just sit with it there, face up, next to you. Or you’re literally checking Facebook or posting stuff to Instagram while you’re with someone.”
“If you live by yourself, you’ll sleep better if you charge your phone in another room. You won’t wake up in the middle of the night and check your phone. You won’t sit there until 1 o’clock in the morning on your phone and then get less sleep. But especially if you share a bed with someone, you really don’t want it there. Because you want to wake up in the morning and say ‘good morning.’
The Conference Room
“As a rule of thumb, it should never be on a table or easily viewable when you’re with another human being. Use your cellphone responsibly and engage with social media responsiblybecause it’s an addictive thing. If it gets out of balance, it will really destroy relationships.