You’ll get more out of life
When you’re gazing at your phone, you’re missing out on everything else. “[Your phone use] robs you of the beautiful trees, sunshine, and birds — key elements of mental health and well-being,” says Dr. Bobinet.
And your family members — especially children — miss you.
“I have seen parents who are so caught up on their phones that they do not notice their small child staring up at them, hungry for attention and affection,” says Dr. Bobinet.
Abigail Burd, LCSW, a San Diego psychotherapist, cites a “Still Face” experiment in which a mother stares blankly, rather than interacting with her baby. “It is painful to see the baby’s distress at seeing her unresponsive mother,” Burd says. (Watch the video here.)
Look around. If you’re in any sort of public place, chances are, you’re surrounded by similarly blank faces. “That’s what we look like when we stare at our phones,” Burd notes.
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