I will admit I wrestle with this, too – my pocket computer/phone is a constant companion and leaving it alone is tough. But I want to get away from it, to connect with those around me not those connected to me.
This comment from a New York Times piece by Nick Bilton indicates how bad it has gotten:
For photographers, guests with cellphones cause even bigger problems. Jose Villa, a wedding photographer in Solvang, Calif., said frames that were once filled with smiling guests, are now a scene of people’s heads peering down at their phones.
“It’s no longer just take a picture and put your camera away, as it used to be when guests had film cameras,” he said. “Now it’s take a picture, crop it, pick a filter, share it on Instagram, then spend the rest of the night checking to see how many likes it has.”
So, here’s your challenge – go be with people without telling all the other people.