A piece in the New York Times recently gave me a chuckle. It was about the way that it has now become acceptable to be rude during face to face conversations by constantly checking your smartphone or laptop.
Indeed. We have become so attuned to the movement of the eyes in this modern culture–and I often have to remind myself of this. It seems like such a tiny gesture, while speaking to someone with my laptop open, to just glance at the screen when the text shifts downwards and a new email arrives in my inbox. But I have to remind myself that from the other side of the table, even that brief glance downwards is noticeable. I’ve taken to folding down my laptop if I’m talking, because glancing at the screen has become semi-involuntary. If it’s there, I’ll do it–or I’ll be distracted by the effort it takes to keep my eyes averted from it, even as tiny movements (new mail!) are visible out of the corner of my eye. Continue reading