The Cell Phone & Your Child
Not too long ago texting became an obsession. Instead of calling a friend you’d text them. Instead of putting away a phone when with friends, we’d interrupt conversation to text someone else. Talking was out, and texting was in.
Socially, we have been taught to be respectful to others by: giving eye contact, having conversational grace, listening for inflections in a voice to hear how a person feels, and to pay attention to facial and body gestures. No matter how good we are at this, or how important the conversation is, answering a text takes precedence over being polite. It seams that when the text bell chimes, we drop everything to answer…even our manners. Just as Pavlov’s dog salivated at the sound of a bell, we quickly revert to this rude and addictive behavior when we hear the text chime.