18221268_s1 18221268_s2 One of the common rules at any on-premise club is that cellphone use is prohibited. This rule makes plenty of sense, especially with the advanced photo and video features that smartphones have these days. So I was very surprised to learn that many people often complain about havingto put their phones away at on-premise parties. Aren’t people going to these parties to meet and interact with other people at the actual party? Texting and surfing Facebook on your iPhone makes you seem much more unapproachable. Even if cellphone use wasn’t banned or frowned upon, doesn’t it defeat the purpose of why you’re at the party in the first place?

My biggest concern is that even though technology is keeping us constantly connected via text messaging and social networking, it’s also becoming a hindrance when it comes to forming connections with new people in the real world. I myself am guilty of distracting myself with my smartphone fairly often when I’m out on my own. Instead of making eye contact with others I find it less awkward to check my emails for the 25th time that day. Instead of smiling and greeting potential new friends, I’d rather check to see if any of my current friends have posted any recent updates on Facebook. Instead of observing everyday life, I find myself staring at the small screen on my smartphone all too often. I even find myself fiddling with my phone when I’m stuck in traffic. These new bad habits have become so ingrained in my day to day life. Even though it wasn’t that long ago, it’s hard to remember a time when I didn’t have a magic screen to satiate my apparent attention deficit disorder. Take a look around, it’s clear that I’m not the only one with these tendencies.

If you’re like me and you find that you too seem to rely on your phone for unnecessary distractions too often, it’s time to start making changes. Make rules for yourself to follow that will help you break bad smartphone habits. Remembering not to fiddle with your phone whenever your out for dinner or drinks is an easy to follow rule to start with. Making your smartphone less accessible is also another easy way to help break your habits. Remind yourself that when you’re out and about observing people and making eye contact is perfectly normal. Most importantly, when you find yourself somewhere (like an on-premise club) that cellphones are prohibited, graciously remember that it’s for everyone’s benefit.

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