For people who have social anxiety, it’s pretty easy for them to hide behind their phone. It prevents them from feeling awkward or stops them from making the wrong move and a fool out of themselves.
But honestly, if this is something that you do, there’s no point for you to be at the event if you’re just going to look down at your phone the whole time, right?
Opt to switch things up the next time you need to network. Try to put your phone away for 15 minutes and walk around the room. Grab a few snacks to keep your hands busy and politely introduce yourself to someone new.
After 15 minutes, if you’re not talking to someone, feel free to go back to your phone for a few minutes, and then do the same thing over again.