When was the last time you gave someone your undivided attention?

Of all the Christmas adverts, of which there seems more than ever this year, all of which I have shed at least one tear over there is one that has stuck in my mind. No its not the bouncing wildlife, its not Kevin the Carrot Β its this one…

Now I’m assuming that everyone has heard of the game where you put your phone, upsidedown, in the middle of the table and all of your guests stack them up. The first one to check their phone pays the bill. This is a similar concept.

Instead of being engrossed in Twitter or flicking through Facebook, switch off Tinder and give Instagram a miss for one night. The #PhoneDownChristmas is from the Rituals Group. They have see our ridiculous addiction to social media and technology grow and grow and to combat this, or at least make better use of our devices, they are giving out 1.2 million ‘phone candles’ or whatever you want to call them. Little devices that clip onto the flash of your smart phone – thus making you turn your phone over and let it bring something practical to the party instead of damaging to the soul. Phone Down, Light Up.

Its a great advert and one that has really made me think about who I give my attention to and how obsessed I’ve become with photographing everything and documenting where I am instead of living in the moment of where I am. If you’ve read my earlier posts you’ll notice that I’ve had quite a lot going on recently and that meant distancing myself from a lot of social media, although the importance of communication is vital sometimes its good to just switch everything off and give your undivided attention to a loved one. If you’re struggling for ways to put down your phone check out these 5 tips on from the experts in ‘you-time’.

So join me this christmas in, not only telling the ones you love how you feel to their faces rather than their hand held devices but to putting the technology away. Play with the kids, talk to your grandma, help your mom with the cooking (and washing up!).

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