Feelings over Phones

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Encouraging meaningful connections

While we’re grateful for the way technology (especially our phones) has kept us connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to talk about the impact of technology use on mental health. In particular, for youth and their social connections. Alberta Blue Cross® is committed to supporting the health and wellness of all Albertans by promoting social wellness and increasing the awareness of the effects of social isolation on mental health.

Our Feelings over Phones campaign encourages young adults to spend less time on their phones when with family and friends to be more present in the moment, have meaningful interactions and make memories that’ll last.

This is just one way we’re supporting mental health—part of our commitment to being your partner in wellness.

The main message of the campaign, “your phone doesn’t have feelings, your friends do”, presents the idea that ignoring those around you or interrupting important life moments with loved ones by picking up your phone can result in hurt feelings and impact your social experiences.

We know technology is vital in bringing us together and many people rely on technology to stay connected to loved ones, but it’s important to stay present during social interactions by putting your phone down.

Encouraging meaningful connections

While we’re grateful for the way technology (especially our phones) has kept us connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to talk about the impact of technology use on mental health. In particular, for youth and their social connections. Alberta Blue Cross® is committed to supporting the health and wellness of all Albertans by promoting social wellness and increasing the awareness of the effects of social isolation on mental health.

Our Feelings over Phones campaign encourages young adults to spend less time on their phones when with family and friends to be more present in the moment, have meaningful interactions and make memories that’ll last.

This is just one way we’re supporting mental health—part of our commitment to being your partner in wellness.

The main message of the campaign, “your phone doesn’t have feelings, your friends do”, presents the idea that ignoring those around you or interrupting important life moments with loved ones by picking up your phone can result in hurt feelings and impact your social experiences.

We know technology is vital in bringing us together and many people rely on technology to stay connected to loved ones, but it’s important to stay present during social interactions by putting your phone down.

The goal of the campaign is to

1

Raise
awareness

Raise awareness in youth of the negative social impacts of phone usage during meaningful moments.

2

Self-assess

Encourage youth to self-assess their behaviours, recognize themselves in the issue and pledge to take action.

Take the quiz

Will you choose your friend's feelings over your phone? Check out feelingsoverphones.ca and take the interactive quiz to find out what kind of friend you are.

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