There’s nobody else I’d rather lie in bed and look at my phone next to…

Posted by Phil Pringle

It’s my wife’s birthday this month and I nearly opted for a card that read: ‘There is nobody else I’d rather lie in bed and look at my phone next to’. I can see her face now… and the raised eyebrow.

It’s interesting that the message strikes a chord – I guess it’s so true it’s alarming (and therefore amusing), but it does make you think – is this really what marital bliss has come to? Sitting in silence with your loved one and checking your phone with the momentary sharing of a picture or video. I saw a couple doing this in a restaurant the other day so I guess this behaviour isn’t just restricted to private life, it’s spilling out into the public too.

Maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on myself (or on society), the recent proliferation of internet devices presents social issues that we haven’t had to tackle before, and as such, perhaps we haven’t had time to work out what our social etiquette should be.

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