Sacred Heart alumna Jenna Robinson '15, who is a senior at Cornell University majoring in communications, recently wrote a guest column for The Times-Picayune/Nola.com. When she was studying abroad in France, she noticed that people used their phones less in social settings versus people at home.
Reconnect with people you love in 2019: Phones down, eyes up, ears open
Updated Dec 31; Posted Dec 31
By Jenna Robinson, guest columnist
If you live in 2018, you're probably reading this on your phone, computer, or tablet. And what will you do after you finish? Check your e-mail? Scroll down your Facebook feed? Today, we stay updated on local political scandals, hurricane watches and unnecessary pictures of food through our devices. But our constant connection to technology interferes with our real-world connections through a phenomenon called "technoference," or small distractions caused by technology in our daily interactions.
It doesn't have to be this way. Earlier this year, I spent a semester in France where I stayed with a host-family and traveled around Europe. While abroad, I noticed that people used their phones less in social settings compared to people back home. It wasn't the "norm" to watch the Saints' game at the dinner table. Or, to take a picture of your meal before you ate it. In fact, they looked each other in the eyes when they spoke — a foreign concept.