One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is people who use their phone constantly while they are on outings with their family, friends or even co-workers. I think it’s one of the rudest things you can do to someone.I understand sometimes it’s an emergency and you have to take a phone call while you are at lunch or dinner with people and if you don’t take the call something horrible might happen; in reality those emergency phone calls only come around only a handful of times.
I’m not saying I’m an angel when it comes to this topic, my mom and my friends have experienced my lack of concentration when I hear my BBM going off, I feel like a mother and I need to check on my crying child. hahaha…but I have made an effort to control my urges and not to check my phone all the time or answer it at least while I’m dining with others. I think when people make plans to meet up and have dinner they to sit down give each other their undivided attention and converse. Am I wrong? I highly doubt that!
Since I feel so strong about this topic when I came across this little package I was extremely excited and thought I should share it with others. The design of “My Phone Is Off For You” is by Ingrid Zweifel of The Way We See The World. I think it’s just the smartest thing ever. With in the package there are a few tools that you can use to show your companion that they have your attention all to themselves.
The PHONEKERCHIEF (that’s what it’s called!) blocks any signal going to your phone, wrap it up and put it aside and people will know you’re all theirs!
Pack of stickers and pins to either wear or stick to the back of your phone. Just turning your phone upside down and showing this sticker sets the tone and even gives the other person the opportunity to do the same.
Or just stamp it!
I think this is a great idea and I hope people realise that sometimes it’s nice to just switch off and be in the moment. I don’t expect anyone to completely shut off their phones forever, a few hours a week will do the job and trust me you wouldn’t even miss it.