Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Technology and communication

How much are you checking your phone throughout the day? How many times an hour?

Apple says the average person checks at least 80 times a day. What is all of this distraction doing to our relationships and our communication skills? A group of Lehigh Valley women weighed in.

Jessica Ramirez
Regression Therapist

"When we’re out to lunch with a girlfriend and they put the phone on the table and say, 'I’m so sorry but I’m expecting this.' It feels disrespectful and I’m not present in the moment, you’re not worthy of getting my full attention. I’m concerned about it, but also I think it’s going to take us activating ourselves to change our behavior."

Susan Yee
CEO/Active Data and
Single mom
Angel investor, philanthropist

"Face-to-face is I think one of the most complete forms of communication. You’re able to see body language, you’re able to see gestures, you’re able to see emotion, you can feel the emotion in the room when you’re face-to-face. When you are talking on an electronic piece of equipment, you just have to know the perspective and the lens that you’re communicating in."

Stephanie Wells
Co-host Mike & Steph in the Morning on B104
Wife, mother, volunteer

"In the case of radio, you know you really are speaking to one individual even if your audience is hundreds of thousands of people. And I think what's going to happen in the industry is you’re going to not necessarily have as many people that are comfortable speaking one-on-one because they’re so used to consulting their phone for what’s going on."

Stephanie Gardner

"I'm a writer so I value words 100 percent, but at the same time there’s context and subtext and meaning and motivation and intention that you loose if you’re not physically with somebody. "

Jane Wells Schooley, MA/CMBA
Founder and CEO of Northstar Team Development & Northstar Women Leaders
Co-owner of Dutch Springs

"How do I know when it’s too much? I know ... because of my cat because she doesn’t tolerate me looking at my iPad or my iPhone when she wants attention; she simply doesn’t tolerate it. She sits on the iPad, she bats away the phone, and she just says, 'If you’re not going to stop this, I’m going to leave,' and she does. I wish as human beings we had more voice when another person is using the technology and not relating."

Deborah Lassiter
Founder of DCL Ministries
Author, radio host, entrepreneur

"I believe when you have friends and family, technology is at the point you can send an emoji, a wink, a sad face, but it’s not my face. I need to show up to people that I care about and an emoji’s not going to do it. An e-card's not going to do it."

We devote 30 minutes to this subject on Monday during our Wisdom Coalition television show at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit

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