Are you that neglected friend who comes second to anything that remotely sounds like a phone’s buzz? Fret no further. We’ve got seven fun ways you can encourage your friend to live offline a little more with you...or at the very least, get them to laugh about their addictive habits.
7. Stare at them in silence as they furiously tap and swipe on their phone.
Silence can be deafening and may even cause your friend to stop in their tracks as they experience an epiphany of, “Oh, was I being rude?” Or if they’re just completely oblivious, they may just get through their Snap or text that much faster. It’s no coincidence that trying to send a text while talking to someone can take 40% longer than it should. Too aggressive of an approach? Option B: ask them a question. That’ll be sure to leave the ball in their court with an open invitation to silence.
6. Text them while they’re on their phone and say, “Hi, I’m up here :)”
Two can play this game. Just be sure it doesn’t turn into a texting marathon!
5. When they pick up their phone while you’re mid-conversation, start talking about something completely random to see if they notice.
One of our favorite tactics is to tell classic fables in modern day language. “So then she went on to try out one bowl of soup at the table next to ours and spit it out saying it was too hot. Walked over to my bowl, tried out mine and said ‘gross, that’s way too cold.’ I kid you not, she ran around to every table doing this until she found one juuuuust right.”
4. Similarly, rather than switching topics, go on your phone and start playing ’N Sync’s “I Want You Back". Loudly.
They’ll probably look really confused at first but hopefully get a chuckle out of it. Or even drop their phone and start singing and dancing with you. Who doesn’t like to reminisce over ‘90s throwbacks (and Justin’s ramen curls)?
3. Suggest an unplugged retreat to go on together.
There are tons of digital detoxes out there. We’re big fans of Lodged Out. Not ready to commit to a multi-day event? Head out to the wilderness on your own for a night of camping or some day hiking, just as long as you can't catch a signal. Nothing bricks a phone faster than the wilderness. If you’re really feeling bold, grab those passports and head for the border. Just be sure you’re not constantly wi-fi hunting.
2. Get real and talk about it head-on with the backdrop of some cold, hard facts.
Sometimes it helps to break the ice by curiously checking your phone usage stats together and see where you each stand. Are either of you over the 5 hour average use per day? How do you feel about it?
1. Send them an “old fashioned text.”
Who doesn’t get smitten when seeing a handwritten postcard, letter, or greeting card in the mail? It’s the simple things in life that can make such a big difference. Now get offline already!
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4. Justin Timberlake photo from "I Want You Back" YouTube video
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2. Phone usage tracking from LetsLiveOffline.com
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