Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Casualties of the Device Age, by Thomas M. Doran (shared from Catholic World Report)

More thoughts on the accumulating costs of cellphones/wireless technology: 

Isn't it, even more, like:  "“I possess a device in my pocket that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of [myself] and [amuse {MYSELF}].”   ?  These devices which are promised and promoted as things to "connect" are in fact creating greater and greater DISCONNECTION and self-absorption.  I see parents neglecting their children, couples neglecting each other on a date, friends neglecting their friends who are RIGHT THERE, deserving of actual ATTENTION; instead being sucked into a screen and losing that opportunity--a precious moment to truly BE WITH someone; which you never know how often may be repeated, or NOT.  If you knew this was the last time you would get to spend with the person you are with, would you really want to spend that moment checking your facebook feed?  Rarely do we get the gift of knowing "this is the last time I will be with this person in life."  But any time COULD be that time.  Priorities, people.  This is the strongest reason why I do NOT have a cellphone.  If I am spending time with you somewhere, nobody else is going to steal that time--or my attention--from you.  At least not by "remote control," or as easily as pressing a button.

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