"why are you always stuck in your screen instead of engaging the people around you?" 

pro tip from an old cat who's been dealing with people complaining about preferring electronic communications to face-to-face communications for decades:

the next time someone gives you grief for your screen time, show them how you're having three separate conversations with the same group of people without anyone losing track of any of the three subjects and then ask them to replicate that standing in a group of four people at the same rate of conversation as the online group.

the only times I've ever seen a group pull it off face-to-face was when the group originally formed their bonds electronically and honed their group communication style over an extended period.

your mileage my vary.

"why are you always stuck in your screen instead of engaging the people around you?" 

@djsundog i think all these multiple conversations happening online at once make it hard to have deeper conversations tho, partly as when i get too involved in one discussion i feel i’m letting the others flounder so they come back into my mind.
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re: "why are you always stuck in your screen instead of engaging the people around you?" 

@rabcyr I can relate, I often get mired myself, particularly these days. I usually hope I can depend on the other parties to carry on without me or accept that I've gone atemporal for whatever reason without hating me for it.

I think granting each other the grace of temporal space is something that's probably a really good idea, particularly now that everyone is always hyper-connected. But the anxiety is definitely real.

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