Ask a Professor: How to Be Present with Loved Ones on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your significant others, friends, and family. But it is no secret that our devices often distract us from the variety of things – and people – that require our attention.

When it comes to relationships, how can you be in the moment when there are so many different devices vying for your attention? How do you engage in meaningful conversations with your loved ones and build deeper connections?

Whether you’re looking to spend quality time with your partner, go out to dinner with friends, call a family member, or just be more intentional in your communications with others, Professor Jeanine Turner outlines several tips for navigating the distractions of digital devices and improving our social presence.