One of my biggest pet peeves is someone paying more attention to their phone than me.
No, I don't need to be the center of attention. But if I'm going to give you my undivided attention, then I expect the same thing in return. Why would you ask me to hang out and take time out of my day just to watch you sit on your phone and ignore me? It's so irritating to be speaking to someone and they aren't paying attention, so you have to repeat everything you just said all over again. And personally, it makes me feel stupid when I've just said something and I'm sitting there twirling my thumbs waiting for a response.
I've kinda become very aware of high-quality friendships. The kind of friends that will listen and have real, meaningful discussions. I've ranted on about this before, but it is SO important.You'll learn so much about yourself and the people around you when you actually pay attention. My favorite conversations are ones that started out as a small coffee date and went on to be three hours long. You just get caught up in the person and talk about anything and everything.
I've made the habit of turning my screen face down whenever I spend time with someone that way I won't be distracted by the notifications. Yes, I am guilty of looking at my phone a lot. But by putting down your phone and turning to focus on the person in front of you, you show that you care and that you are giving them your undivided attention. One of my dinner groups has a fun game of everyone putting their phone in the center of the table until dinner is over and whoever picks their phone up during the meal has to pay for everyone.
Quality friendships are about giving and taking the same amount from each other. So, put your phone down and give your friends the respect and friendship that they deserve.