Is hospitality feeling a little forced? No one makes eye contact anyway, right? Apparently, people are more entertaining/important if you’re communicating with them virtually, rather than face-to-face. The presence of cell phones can make even a family meal difficult to enjoy.
Instead of instant messaging the person sitting next to you in order to get their attention, try removing the “devices” altogether.
Recently, as we sat down to enjoy some casual time with friends, our host passed around a basket. Everyone gave up their cell phones to the basket for the evening, and eye contact was reestablished. Somehow, we all managed to make it through several hours without the ability to see our phones.
Give it a try! See what you think.