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Put the Phone Away: Why Devices Divide Our Attention

Do you bring your cell phone everywhere you go, including to gatherings with your friends, family or community? In "Look At Me, Not Your Phone" the Call & Response blog, an effort of Faith & Leadership at Duke Divinity School, explores why having cell phones often takes us away from social activities, makes us appear apathetic, and keeps us from enjoying life to its fullest. A recent study concluded that even the physical presence of a device decreases our ability to share empathetic conversations with one another. The visual presence of our phone on the table nonverbally communicates to both parties that our attention and ability to connect is divided.

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