I love technology, but I already have problems with distractions -- when I'm talking to someone in a room where the TV is on, for instance, I find my eyes being drawn to it instead of the other person. I'm also introverted by nature, and on the rare occasion when I do have a smartphone in hand, I tend to retreat into electronic pacifier mode rather than looking up and engaging with the people around me. Introversion isn't a failing, per se, but I believe I should overcome these tendencies if I want to keep making friends. For these and other reasons I've made the deliberate choice not to own or carry a phone, tablet or other portable electronic device that attaches to the Internet. Yeah, it's occasionally been inconvenient -- for example, Miss V prefers to have me reachable 24/7 -- but as recently as the 1980s, people somehow managed to get things done without ubiquitous portable phones and Internet access.
And anyway, there are worse things than being awkward. Being absent, for one.