Why faith groups are talking about our worst tech habits

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  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    March 14, 2019 7:20 p.m.

    Church isn't the only meeting with the attention problem.

    I hate going to meetings and inevitably someone "checks out" to check E-mail on their phone and next thing you know we are just about to arrive on a consensus and the guy/gal who "checked out" checks back in and wastes the time of the rest of us.

    If I'm paid to be at the meeting and I'm "not there", I'm not doing what I'm paid to do. If the meeting isn't worth my full attention, generally I won't go or work with the organizer to make the meeting shorter or more effective. Planned breaks are smart for checking E-mail & messages and lets smokers get their fix at the same time.

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2019 2:57 p.m.

    I'm not a particularly religious person but I've learned the value of mindfulness meditation. It is near impossible to be mindful and live in the moment when you have a phone buzzing in your pocket every so often.

  • BobHope Logan, UT
    March 14, 2019 6:29 a.m.

    I have stopped bringing my phone to church even though I have religious apps. I now only bring paper scriptures and journals to church. My learning and enjoyment at church has dramatically increased. I plan on continuing this new habit. Even though cell phones can be a tool, they can distract us from what is going on in the present and the people we are with.