I challenged myself by only allotting an hour a day for my phone.
The first day, I realized quickly how much my brain loves checking my phone. With this realization, I became stubborn--I did not want to become a slave to a screen.
After not being connected for 24/7, I became aware that NO ONE GIVES A SHIT. Updating your Instagram with a great sunset picture or a good selfie is hardly a blimp on anyone’s people's radar.
So instead of looking down at your phone for answers, look up. What time is it? Ask the stranger next to you. If they react with "Don't you have a phone?", reply with "Yes, I do, but I'm trying to have a conversation with you." See if a conversation can come out of it. Tell them about your phone challenge. The weather! Who cares, just ask a question. And this, is the art of conversation, the willingness to connect. It's as simple as a question. So, get out there! I wish I was more radical and dropped my phone all together, maybe I will one day.