Don’t Let Digital Distractions Ruin Your Valentines Day

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The National Retail Federation polled 6,417 consumers in early January 2014 to ask about their Valentine’s Day plans. It turns out that 54 percent of Americans will celebrate with loved ones this year, spending an average of $133.91 on candy, cards, dinner, and gifts.

At the same time, studies indicate that mobile or smart phones interfere with relationships due to lack of attention and insensitivity to partners. For example, one partner may become upset over interruptions caused by the other person taking incoming calls, checking social media, or “looking up” information such as sports scores, news, or stock market reports.

Don’t allow the inappropriate use of digital devices waste your time or money or energy. Here are tips to disallow distractions from ruining your Valentine’s Day:
1. Agree to have an electronic lockdown during a special meeting or meal. In addition, alert others that you won’t be available at certain times during the Valentine’s weekend.
2. Agree not to sneak a peek at your phone or tablet.
3. Agree that such agreements are difficult, but worth it, given the importance of the relationship.
4. Alert others that you are unavailable at certain times during the Valentine’s weekend.

Valentines is a special time for good communications and positive interactions. Silencing the cell phone can contribute to an enjoyable weekend.

About Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.

Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. is principal of Managing Your Mind Coaching and Seminars and is author of Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Increasing Productivity and Decreasing Stress. She is co author of Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD and Helping Adolescents with ADD and/or Learning Disabilities. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Markel served as faculty in the School of Education. She coaches adults and adolescents with ADD and/or learning disabilities and specializes in working with independent professionals, writers, and graduate students.
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