Exactly how plugged in are you?
Last week I read about a restaurant in NYC that will give you 5% off if you give up your cell phones. The waiter comes to the table, you hand them over, and just like that you and your dining companion are officially untethered. You are free.
A young married couple was interviewed after dinner to find out how it went. They thought it wouldn’t be a big deal, that of course (of course!) they could do it, that it might even be nice to focus on each other and their conversation. The dinner took about 90 minutes. Here’s what they had to say:
~ The lulls in the conversation felt painfully long. It seemed like an especially long time between the salad and entree.
~ What if their daughter was calling and needed something? Or worse?
~ When the husband went to the bathroom, the wife realized she had no idea what to do with herself. Where to look, what to do with her hands. She felt exposed, so “alone,” like people were staring.
~ The wife found herself getting angry. If she could just read through some emails now, a few minutes here and there, she would have more time for her daughter when she got home. Right? Right?!?!
~ The husband felt like the first half hour or so was fine, but that was about his limit. It was hard to focus on their conversation. He was worried about all the work “piling up” as he sat there “doing nothing.”
~ They started worrying about, and talking about, their phones. What had the waiter done with them? Had either of them seen exactly where he’d put their phones? What if they got mixed up with someone else’s?
I don’t know about you, but I’d bet I’m so plugged-in
I don’t even realize how plugged-in I am.
I’ll be in my normal routine with no TV, no internet surfing, no email obsessing, no texting, no blog-reading, no Facebook, no Words With Friends, no car radio, no talking on the phone.
Is this even possible? Is it??
If I survive, I’ll be back later this week to let you know how it went. Oh boy, where’s the comfort food? I feel a whole lot of eating coming on.