In the past few decades, technology has significantly changed the way we work and live. The lightning fast internet has profoundly improved the way people gather information and now allows us to do business expediently, almost anywhere in the world. Technology is a wonderful thing, but the truth is that the digital dialogue of smartphones, email, text messaging and social sites is no replacement for verbal, face-to-face communication in building relationships, whether in business or at home. In fact, while families have the benefit of communicating with each other frequently because of smartphones and text messaging, some are actually spending more time with their electronic gadgets than their spouse or children. HIDING BEHIND TECHNOLOGY Smartphones have become somewhat of a safe barrier for their users, allowing them to escape problems or awkwardness that may arise with others. While this may be a favorable choice in the moment, the problem is that many young people are regulary hiding behind technology and therefore don’t know how to express emotions or start a conversation. Ask yourself this (and answer honestly!): In your own day-to-day world, do you find yourself surrounded by people who are staring at screens instead of having face-to-face communication? Are smartphones getting in the way of real socializing and hindering social skills? For many people, hiding behind technologies has become a subconscious habit they don’t even recognize they’ve adopted. As such, it actually seems as though some people are more concerned with the World Wide Web than seeing the world that’s right in front of them! The habit of checking email, text messages, and social sites every few minutes has gotten us out of the habit of enjoying life.