How do you feel when someone pulls out a phone mid-conversation? It’s a social sin so commonplace we now have a word for our reaction: “pizzled,” a combination of pissed and puzzled.
If we pull out our smartphones in social situations, we’re not just agitating our company; we’re trading meaningful interaction for trivial. Studies show only 7 percent of emotions can be read via text. While we’re reading misconstruable or emotionless messages, we’re upsetting the real person right in front of us.
Sometimes we just gotta text. Let’s agree to briefly check our phones in tandem and during lulls.