Is your cell phone stealing precious moments from you?

In our current age of cell phones, Facebook and Twitter, we have amazing opportunities to maintain contact with family and friends on a minute by minute basis.   For those of us who live a good distance from our loved ones, especially those in the military, this technology is quite comforting.  I love getting messages and seeing pictures of what is going on in my friends and family’s lives, because I can’t be there to experience it first hand.

However, there seems to be a trend of letting cell phones steal significant moments away from us.  They can be a distraction and keep us from connecting  to each other on a deeper level, at critical times.  A shocking example of this was shared with me recently by a friend who is a postpartum nurse.  She attends to women and their babies, shortly after birth. She mentioned that babies, right after birth, are typically placed in their mother’s arms or on her chest, giving them special time to bond.  In more and more  instances, instead of seeing new mothers spend quality time with their baby in those precious moments, they reach for their cell phones to post the event on Facebook.

I love the technology we have at our fingertips today, but WOW!  We need to be careful that in our quest to use it to connect with a lot of people, it doesn’t disconnect us from the most important people.