Tim Lott: We need to switch off the screens and connect with each other again


The journalist Tim Lott writes in the Guardian about kids today who are constantly plugged in to their mobiles and tablets. The 30-something generation – “digital immigrants” – is the last to remember the world before it was interconnected and needs to do something about it.

…our new era of interconnection may be as harmful as it is beneficial. Our intoxication with new technology is eroding bonds, including family bonds, even as it re-makes them in a different form.

It’s not just the erosion of face-to-face contact. It’s the multitasking itself – the tendency to supplement human interaction with simultaneous electronic communication… Human relationships now seem to be marked with what resembles a series of nervous tics – phone tics, PC tics, tablet tics.

For I can still remember life before the communications revolution and I think it is our duty to try to preserve the idea of what it was to be focused and alone. To be, in other words, absent. Because without that absence, we can never be truly present.

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  1. I am trying to switch off a little more, especially in regards to my phone. I agree to a point with what this journalist is saying. I know I am guilty of spending too much time on it- I would never go on the laptop while my kids were awake but yet I will browse my phone. It’s not really something I want to be doing.

    • I’m trying to restrict my online time – at the weekend for about 2 hours. At the same time, I’m aware that our kids are growing up in a world where social media and blogs are the norm. I’m always wondering how I can turn my online life into an educational one for my kids

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