In less than a generation, we’ve become a society of people walking around with a phone glued in front of our faces. It’s eerie, weird, disturbing, even though smart phones are super convenient – like a portable library of Alexandria and all the accessible knowledge of the human experience at our fingertips. But the majority of the time, I doubt they’re used for anything so lofty. Who was it that said something about how the internet is only used to bully people we’ve never met and watch cat videos?
The next time you’re out in a public place, imagine trying to interact with the people around you, whether to say a basic greeting, to ask directions, or to talk at all. Is everyone around you wearing headphones and on their phone? Kind of difficult isn’t it, and for something that’s supposed to connect us, it seems that smart phones isolate us even more. I don’t know if it’s related, but I’ve seen a huge rise in impatience and bad manners – when you’re used to instant gratification from the screen in front of you, how could real life possibly compare?
Slow Hand – Pointer Sisters
Let’s Be Still – The Head and the Heart