4 Reasons to Put Your Phone Down This Thanksgiving

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A 2014 Pew Research study concludes that 58% of American adults have a smartphone, around 34% of all users are mobile only and 60% of users will use their smartphone to access the internet.

Cell phones are the norm in today’s society, as their uses are almost endless – from texting, to games, to social media, to photography. A Salesforce survey of 470 people found that on average, respondents reported spending 3.3 hours a day on their smartphones.

At Direct Capital, we pride ourselves on our innovations in technology so we are definitely not blind to the benefits it can bring. However, we also recognize how important it is to stay connected in a different way, especially during the holiday season.

Thanksgiving is a time when family members gather together and catch up on everything that’s new in their lives or reminisce about years past.

Do you remember the last time you held a meaningful conversation with them? One that involved face-to-face laughter and not an “Lol” or a “haha” generated from a text or social media post.

If you can’t remember, then that’s reason number one to put your phone down this Thanksgiving.

Why Else?

  1. You’ll miss out on memories: It’s not just the connections that are meaningful – it’s what comes out of those connections; the memories that are made in the process. How many times have you been out and a friend said something funny and everyone laughed, but you missed it because you were on your phone? You don’t want to miss family memories, so it’s important to cherish the time you have with them now.
  2. Dinner time is family time: When the table is set and the food – that your family worked hard to make – is on the table it’s time to put the phones away. It’s moments like sharing Thanksgiving dinner with your family that you have to be thankful for. Enjoy every minute of it. Much like having your elbows on the table, it can be impolite to constantly check your phone during a meal.
  3. Encourage your friends to do the same: If you are texting or messaging your friends on social media, they are missing out on all the same things you are. By leaving your phone alone for a few hours, you are inadvertently inviting your friends to do the same.

The One Exception

Take pictures! Part of the holidays is taking pictures of the family all together, so we don’t want to discourage that. But remember this: Snap now, Instagram later.

So, who’s with us? Do you pledge to put your phone down this Thanksgiving? Tell us with the hashtag #TurkeyDayPhoneAway (but make sure to do it before the holiday!).

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family – and we hope you enjoy it to the fullest!