I’m currently reading the book “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown. She recalled how one day she went from a restaurant to a store then a drive-thru. She became particularly disturbed by the number of people speaking on their cell phones instead of interacting with the clerks. She said it dehumanizes others.

I always hate when people sit on the phone when with others. And they seem to be doing it at places they really shouldn’t. Why do you go to lunch with someone just to click away on your cell use electronic device? And even if you don’t feel it dehumanizes a store clerk, it’s just plain rude. Then there’s the mothers who pick their children up after school with that cell phone stuck to their ear. You are wasting precious moments with your little ones to listen to a friend chat about something that is not truly important. Has it not dawned on you that your child is getting into trouble at school because they want your attention at home?

Since when did a phone become a main source of communication? Before they came along, we used to speak face to face. And texting is even worse. We’re raising a generation of children who don’t know how to communicate with others.

Now don’t get me wrong, I use electronics just as much as the next person. And if I can e-mail a client instead of talking to them on the phone, I will. I’ve discovered how much quicker it really is. However God doesn’t want us to not have that human touch.

Hebrews 10:24-25 reads, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. God wants us to get together, to greet others in encouragement and love. He doesn’t want us speaking on a telephone, directing our attention elsewhere.

I think cell phones are one of the worst things invented. Their only good use is to keep us connected in an emergency or updated cell phones on a situation. Unfortunately, they have given us no peace away from work or others. And they keep us from communicating face to face.

There are just times when your voice and smile are needed. So put away your device and actually look that sales clerk in the eye. It’s one of the best ways to let her know you see her as a person.

What do you think is the best thing about cell phones? What is the worst?