The holidays are upon us, and regardless of which traditions we celebrate, they all tend to involve gathering around with friends and family. It’s a time to reconnect with relatives, eat delicious food and engage in communal conversation. However, one thing, in particular, has a knack for preventing us from doing so, and it resides in my and your pocket.

Smartphones provide an easy and effective way to communicate with the world at our fingertips. But they can become a hindrance when talking to others in the same room or sitting at the same table. A flashy new phone can be especially hard to ignore if it’s been waiting for you under the Christmas tree and you’ve just unwrapped it. But the holidays only come once per year, and that phone will still be waiting for you long after all the baking is gone.