When there is a visit or a gathering, I am the only person who puts my phone away and tries to make a real connection. When someone tells a story, I maintain eye contact and listen carefully. When I tell a story, I'm met with "mm-hmm" and "uh huh" and no one ever retains what I say. It's isolating.
It sure is. My family has instituted and no phone rule. If we're all getting together, phones are to remain off or you face a barrage of insults and jests until you put it away. It works most of the time. No one seems to enjoy personal contact anymore.