Family Night Tip: The Cell Phone Bowl

“To say that young people are in love with their smartphones would be an understatement: It’s more like they’re obsessed, confirms a new study out by Zogby Analytics.” — USA Today.


Sadly, when I look at the world around me, I have to agree that it’s true. This article by RawHide is so revealing of the issue. But it doesn’t have to be the case for all of us. As a young person in our culture it is possible, and highly valuable, to recognize this problem and begin to set limits for yourself, encouraging your family and friends to do the same.


My family and I have been trying to prioritize our time together by having a “cell phone bowl” where we can all put our devices when we are together.


The results we’ve seen — we interact, we laugh together, we have meaningful conversations, we love each other.


Naturally, we must bust out a smartphone on occasion to take pictures. But for the most part, the rule is: Leave your phone in the bowl. The whole time you’re there. And especially while at the dinner table.


Try it at your next family night! I dare you.