Cell Phones are the Next Public Health Crisis.

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It’s as though we expect to find something significant, something essential, something life-changing within that screen, that text, that update. When in reality, we are missing the significant, essential things that are passing us by, right in front of us, in real-time.

We think the excitement, the connections, the news, the world is there in our phone and screens when in reality, all of that is passing us by while we stare down and swipe at our devices.

We are everywhere and nowhere, both at the same time.

Studies have shown this has a detrimental effect on relationships. Even the mere presence of a phone sitting on a table untouched causes the conversational partner of the phone owner to feel less invested, less good about the interaction, less likely to confide, and get into deeper, interesting stuff. People routinely feel ignored and annoyed by their friends and loved one's phone usage.

Fervent writer. Ravenous reader. Impassioned with words. Relationship researcher. Social Scientist. Social Justice Advocate. Author. www.brookeenglish.com

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