Cell phones at dinner tables

I’m sure we’ve all seen those pictures where everyone’s on their phone at the dinner table.

I’m glad that most of my friends are not like that.  We do have plenty of face to face meals.  But what got me the other day was that there was a cell phone at every spot and everyone was ready to break away from the conversation at anytime at least to check on what was on their phone.

I realize that there are times when checking is somewhat important.  It’s like when my kids were young and I needed to check up on them periodically to make sure that they are okay and not getting into trouble.  Or there are times when we may be awaiting for some important information.  But the everyday stuff didn’t use to vie for our attention nearly as much.

The other day I was talking to the youth in Sunday school about the marshmallow experiment.  One kid said he knew what it was and his whole class passed it with flying colors.  Somehow I don’t think it’s an issue for 11 year old’s to wait a few minutes for an extra marshmallow.  But I ask the whole class, what if the test is now with their cell phones.  What if they are in a room with with phones in front of them facing down.  Have people text them, call them, etc.  Will they pass?  I’m not sure many adults can pass the test.

So, next time at meal time.  Don’t even bring the temptation with you.  Just leave it and enjoy your time with your friends and family.

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