Truthfully, I started to complain a couple of years ago when I was standing in line at Starbucks and everyone in line was in relationship with their phones. They were texting, answering emails, or talking. And I understand. I always have my phone with me. What if there was an emergency?
While we might be connected on some level there is a way in which each person in line is increasingly unconscious of who is around him or her. On the one hand, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with this, but there is the separation from each other that is deepening.
Increasingly on the Metro where most everyone has a phone in his/her hand. I counted and out of 30 people in my train, 22 were using their phone. One person was even taking a selfie. We are increasingly just in relationship with ourselves. Isolation is the result.
That which keeps us connected also has a different effect according to how we use it.
I don’t want to be that way. I am thinking that it only continues because in some way we all agree to it. I’m turning my phone off. And I’m particularly turning it off when I’m with people. I hope to notice other people more and pay attention to what is happening.