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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