On a weekend visit to a local arboretum recently, I saw hundreds of people taking in the adjoining gardens, fountains and meadows and only two people that I counted texting.
It’s easy to say use your phones less, but more helpful to replace it with something compelling to do in real time.
These visitors didn’t turn their phones off or put them away, they just used the camera more than chat leaving Instagram for later.
An obvious choice to enjoy the beauty, the day and the company, people of all ages, races and genders were choosing to be present in the now.
The more time we devote to passive digital living, the more we miss out on other things that make us feel happy and connected.
It’s not an either or.
It’s what’s best for the situation.
Take control and actively create more in-person focused situations and the phone will take its place as a helpful tool and not a replacement for nothing else to do.
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