A connection doesn’t mean ‘Wifi’

When was the last time you and your partner or best friend hung out together and didn’t get your phones out?

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When was the last time you and your partner or best friend hung out together and didn’t get your phones out? Maybe you’re smugly reading this and thinking, well actually, we never get our phones out at the dinner table. Okay – when was the last time you didn’t use the TV in it’s place, or the xbox or iPad? In the age of information, it’s impossible not to want to share the constant updates being zapped through to our phones, be it things that make us giggle, pictures of fluffy animals or breaking news. The nights where we play scrabble yoga (yup) aside, I confess that Jason and I spend far too much time basing our conversation around weird and wonderful things we find online when really we should be concentrating on finding weird and wonderful things within each other. When was the last time you sat and looked your loved ones in the eye, all night, with no distractions?

This morning, doing my morning scroll through facebook, I came across a global event happening on October 15. It’s called The World’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment, with simultaneous events taking places on the same day all over the world. The idea is that you come to the public area designated for the experiment in your city, and bring with you two items to sit on; one for you, and one for any stranger who wants to come and look you directly in the eye for a solid minute. Forward thinking Berlin did it last year – take a look at the results.

Promoting that connection comes through humans, and not computers, I am behind this idea 100%. We need to stop scrolling our screens in such a braindead fashion all the time and actually communicate with the people in front of us. If those in the video can feel such a beautiful, instant connection with strangers, imagine how we would feel for spending such a moment with someone you already love?

All participating cities can be found here. I hope to be looking you in the eye super soon.

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