As of late, I've taken to leaving my phone in the car while venturing inside to my favorite coffee shops. I've noticed that the times when I have my phone on me, I default to checking it while waiting in line, or waiting for my macchiato after I've ordered it. The barista will be doing their thing, helping make my morning right, and I'll have my head down reading some shit I've probably already seen.
As of November, I've been leaving my phone in the car or in my bag during these moments.
I've had more conversations, I've connected more, and it's been cool. I invite you to join me in 'No Phone In The Coffee Shop' for a few months. I'd be interested what your thoughts are after trying it out for a month or more.
A few questions come to mind...
What is that discomfort we feel when idle? Is it something to do with being alone with our inner monologue?
Are we de-prioritizing social cohesion in favor of smartphone dopamine hits? Is there a value to limiting those hits?