I have noticed this happening to me since I write on this website, check email a couple of times per day, and go to Facebook and Google several times per day. I do not own a new phone since I do not believe that I should be wired all day to someone else. I imagine I would become addicted to that kind of phone, and I do not want to have this happen. But I still overdo the electronic situation.
What really worries me is that our young are so focused on inane stuff that appears on their electronic devices. I understand that they check them far more than I do. They even wake up in the middle of the night to read texts that are sent. They are not expanding their brains, and they are not letting their brains and bodies rest.
Unfortunately, our young’s focus is not on the big world any longer but on the minutia that appears on their devices. Most of the communication is coded in a special short language for the small screen. I worry that they do not see the world around them. They walk by events and sights without seeing them because they are focused on that little screen.
They do not actually talk or interact with their friends in person – they have been seen at restaurants and other places together but looking at their phones. Sometimes they communicate with the person across the table by texts on phones. No personal interaction.
What can we do? I hope parents and people who are in charge of these wonderful young people of our future can persuade them to stop focusing so much on their devices. (Could a parent employ and enforce a rule to do so?) I know this will probably not happen because many of their parents or relatives are engaged in similar activities and are focused on minutia, also. I do so enjoy being with people who come to visit me, go shopping with me or out to lunch with and they do not even check their phones while with me. Sadly, these people are very few and far between.
That is a sad statement about our new electronic world. Instead of these devices enhancing our lives, they have taken them over. They are limiting personal communication and conversation.
I wonder if the time is coming when Robots and computers do the thinking and we just entertain ourselves. I hope I am gone by then.