We have become such a technology driven society. Most of us cannot leave home without checking in on 4square or tweeting our daily adventures. I was recently out to dinner, where the gentleman sitting next to me had to Facebook message the guest sitting across from him to pass the salt. While providing a good laugh at the dinner table, these occurrences are all too common. I miss the days when phones were for phone calls, computers were shut down, and people were excited to engage in meaningful moments with one another.
Now don’t get me wrong, technology can be a wonderful thing and I am 100% on board with the iPhone and all of the other social media gadgets. What i’m trying to say is that there is a time and a place to use these and a time and a place to turn them off and lock them away!
I know you are all excited to share the latest Whiskey Dame blog post 😉 but a date is not the time to start scrolling through your smart phones. It is important that you make your companion feel that you are engaged in him or her. There is nothing worse than looking down at your phone lighting up in your lap over a candle lit dinner.
The Night Out
If you are out with your friends, then why do you need to be updating facebook? Being that girl (or guy) in the corner, nose glued to the phone will guarantee you off next week’s invite list. Some of my favorite nights have occurred in establishments with no cellular service. I like this idea a lot, take away the service and see where the night will lead you!
The Night In
Every once in a while it is imperative to take some good old fashioned “me” time. Stay in and cuddle up with a soul satisfying movie and your favorite whisk(e)y. Switch your phone to silent and let your mind relax from all of the e-mails, tweets, posts, and tags dancing in your head throughout the day.
My least favorite time for technology is during a fight. Texting equals misinterpretation equals tears. Take the time to work things out face to face because naturally a smile and a hug are more meaningful then a slew of emoticons.
We all fall to the technology god’s from time to time, but I think it is important to take a step back every once in a while and really think about meaningful human interactions. These interactions are the ones that stir emotions and make you feel real. I have to say that from experience the moments that I hold closest are the nights spent dancing with good friends to cheesy 90’s pop music or the nights spent sipping a fine single malt with someone special learning about each other, and not from an online profile. A facebook post isn’t going to introduce you to a new love or hold on to an old one.