I recently attended a networking event. I realized that I forgot my cell phone in my jacket pocket. I realized that was the best mistake I could of made. I was able to interact more with folks and get a few leads.
I also realized how most people were using their devices as a safety net. “Oh is that the new model of X?”. I know that you can’t leave your phone out of every networking event, i.e. tech conferences and the like, but if you know that the network is not high tech, then its safe to leave the cell phone out of reach at least for a little while. You just might be surprised at the results.