It's an increasingly far too common sight. A couple or several couples at a restaurant table with their heads down. No, they're not blessing the food. They're on their various digital devices, browsing their virtual relationships instead of attending to a real-world one.
It was Jesus who observed that you cannot serve two masters, for "you will hate the one and love the other."
Notice that this timeless truth doesn't say that it's difficult or troubling or frustrating to serve two masters. But that you cannot. Oh sure, you can try, but you won't be successful.
This is a reminder that people, not phones, come first. Whether at the front desk or in a social situation. The real trumps the virtual; the local trumps the peripheral.
Do you want real intimacy over a counterfeit? If so, impose a new social norm: put your digital device away. Become present. Be real.