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Are you experiencing wrinkles of confusion? Have you witnessed sagging relationships? Don’t panic, this may be occurring because your face has fallen into your phone.
Recently, I conducted my own informal research using Chicago’s Loop as my field of study and observation. I was in and out of meetings downtown and observed people at work, at lunch and traveling on the L. I would guesstimate that 80% of people did not go for more than a few minutes (at the most) without interacting with a cell phone or mobile device. Their faces mostly fell into their technology. I can’t remember making eye contact with anyone – I did get very familiar, however, with the tops of people’s heads.
What do we lose when our face falls?
How do you know it is time for a communication face-lift? When you
What’s involved in a communication face-lift?
The good news is no surgery or needles are required. Only
It sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? And it will probably be more difficult than you think. The key will be: You Gottawanna. Yep, you have to want to. You will need to be highly motivated to make a change because it is simply too easily to revert to over-reliance on technology. You have to decide that you value true connection rather than connectivity.
I love the line from Steel Magnolias: “Smile! It increases your face value.” When we look at people and smile or say hello there is a little bit of magic that happens. Two human beings connecting in real time. There is a momentary bond, a softness, a comfort – a reassurance that we are all still in this together. Sometimes it is all I need to get through a rough day or busy week.