Recently, my attention was drawn to a 3-year-old sitting on the floor repeatedly calling, “Mommy, mommy, look!” But mommy was absorbed in her smart phone, texting or emailing and oblivious to her child’s calls. On a daily basis, people cross streets and walk around neighborhoods, barely looking up to see what’s going on in the world around them — they are too captivated by what’s on their screens. This troubles me. Have we become so intent on staying connected, technologically, that we’ve lost our connection to the world and those around us?
Children learn to connect and relate to others on a deeper level by experiencing face-to-face interaction with parents and other caregivers. The same is true for adults. The more we connect personally with others, the stronger our heart-brain connection, which results in a greater capacity for interaction, friendship and empathy. These types of connections all positively impact our health. Research shows that the more we connect through technology, the less we are attuned to facial expressions and the human voice. As a result, we become less aware of the subtle information that is communicated through someone’s voice and face.
So put down your devices and connect with someone face-to-face. It will do you both good.