just put it down

I wrote a post last month about putting your cell phone down. Yet, I don't think I got to write everything I wanted to say. A few months ago, Mr. Schroeder and I went out on a date to eat some wings.  To the right of us, there was a family with 4 kids. The youngest was young enough to not have a cell phone, but each of them, were on their phones. Mom looked as if she was facebooking. Dad looked like he was responding to emails. The other three kids? Probably texting their friends or surfing the web or something. The little one? Just sitting there. In silence. Waiting for the food. I didn't think too much  of it until I looked over 5 minutes later, and it was as if they were frozen, still on their phones, with the younger one just sitting there. Throughout their whole meal, they were on their phones and eating at the same time. None of them said a word to each other the whole time. Trevor and I talked about it for a few minutes while repeating the phrase "how sad.." I don't get why people don't get the hint that being on your phone when you should be bonding with your family is absolutely heartbreaking. And it will tear your family down! I sort of hate seeing people on their phones during completely inappropriate times. Then, on Sunday, Trevor and I went downtown for a Christmas devotional. We got on TRAX and this couple got on the stop after us. Throughout the whole train ride, which was about 34 minutes, this couple didn't say a word to each other. They were on their phones the entire time. I had to document [[while blurring their faces of course, to protect their privacy]]. But I did take my phone out, take a picture, and put it back in my purse.

How long is it going to be before marriages are destroyed because of the time spent on your cell phone? Because I can guarantee that it has happened and will happen a heck of a lot more. I know a few of my friends who say their husbands get home from work, get on their cell phone, play games, catch up on social media, watch videos, whatever, and then go straight to bed. There's no bonding anymore. Not to mention the complete lack of communication. So many people are fighting through text, through social media, and don't even know how to pick up the phone and call the person to confront them anymore. People are so attached  to their phones that it makes me absolutely sick. There are definitely times in my life when I'm aware that I just need to set my phone down. So join me! Put down your phone. Look at your absolutely beautiful surroundings. Because once you do, you'll realize that there's a lot more to listen to, and to pay more attention to. 

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