distracted-parents_wide-5694743d781df652a2c5811e7c46e94211e0ab5f-s900-c85I am having lunch at the City Limits in Bellevue. Across from me, there is a couple with a little girl about five; they are waiting for their order number to be called. The girl has been looking around and now she is getting in and out of her chair. Her mom and dad are both zoned into their Smart Phones.  Occasionally, one will show the other something on their screen and they will laugh and  resume their separate “Smarting”. The entire time, they have ignored their beautiful daughter, who is now touching mom’s right arm. I think she is doing that trying to get mom’s attention away from her phone. The little girl looks sad and left out as her parents continue to be enmeshed with their screens.

Full disclosure requires me to tell you that I have been guilty of the same thing. If you spot it you’ve got it, I guess. There is no question but that one of the greatest causes of social ills in this country is the lack of personal communication. Until recently one of the few places folks actually talked to each other was when eating together. With the near universal preponderance of digital communication devices, that bastion is now gone.

Several years ago, my former church split. I wrote a book about why that happened (see link below). There was no single cause or simple answers. However, I’ve come to believe as I worked on the book that a contributing factor  was that my co-pastor, who was also my best friend, and I resorted more and more on digital communication over personal communication. Today 88.5 percent of Americans have cell phones. Because of that fact many of us have sentenced ourselves and those we love to a life of isolation.

My book for free @ Part 1 UNSCREWED – Becoming Whole Again

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