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Is your phone ruining your love life?

Your phone could be ruining your love life, so put it down sometimes, two Manhattan men say.
BY DAVID ZIZZO dzizzo@opubco.com Modified: February 14, 2011 at 7:23 am •  Published: February 14, 2011
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Amanda Ingram feels the force. It's her smart phone beckoning with messages.

The only way she can keep in touch with her friends is through Facebook, she explains.


“I don't think it's affecting my marriage ... yet ... but there are times that I feel like I have to check my texts when someone sends one,” she wrote, you know, in an e-mail.

With society falling further under the spell of iPads, BlackBerries and other digital devices, two New York guys have decided it's time to put them down and back away.

A little, if only for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

Eric Yaverbaum and Mark DiMassimo, who have made a career of using digital devices, are urging people to go “offlining,” pledging to release their grip on their phones and other digital devices for 10 dinners.

The two Manhattan marketing execs are guilty as anyone of promoting use of such devices, Yaverbaum said.

“This is exactly what we do for a living,” he said, confessing to constant marketing online and through various social media.

Yaverbaum, 49, and DiMassimo, 48, are using those same networks to suggest people take a digital break.

“We've already tweeted about it,” Yaverbaum said.

Yaverbaum, also a pundit for Fox News, said he recognized the menace digital creep presented when his son talked about his friends.

“Every one of his friends' parents were spending part of their dinner on cell phones and BlackBerries.”

Also, Yaverbaum noticed much of the crowd at baseball games seemed to be paying more attention to activity on their phones than on the field.

“I'm sitting at Yankee Stadium saying, ‘My gosh, you've got to be kidding me.'”

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