Smart phones provide us with nearly limitless information, ultra-personalized experiences, previously impossible relationships and infinite modes for creativity, all at our fingert — aaand you're playing Candy Crush, aren't you?
It might be a stretch to say that if more people declared their bedroom a cell-free zone, there would be fewer divorces, less need for relationship counseling, and more intimacy and pleasure in the world. But then again, maybe it wouldn't.
Behold, here comes Louis C.K., this generation's bawdy philosopher/guru masquerading as curmudgeon jackass comic, throwing his particular brand of often brilliant, deadpan observational wisdom all over the digital zeitgeist.
Tom doesn't have a land line. If I want to reach him, I can try his cell. But it usually goes right to voicemail. I can try emailing him at one of his four hundred email addresses. Or I can text him. He responds promptly to texts. Except when he doesn't.
How many of us have handed over a mobile device that gives our children complete access to the world, with all of its lures and dangers? Many of us feel helpless when faced with youthful demands for technology and our own inability to understand how it can be used -- or misused.
How many adults sleep with their smartphones next to their beds? Do you really want your teen to model your behavior? Hanging out with friends at the mall is one thing, but virtually hanging out 24/7 with a cellphone not only interferes with sleep, but intensifies peer pressure.
We've been together for about 10 years now. I had never planned on a long-term relationship at the beginning, but somehow we lingered on. I felt that we had been through so much together that I have had great difficulty in moving on. I am wary of my expected separation anxiety.
Technology has transformed a variety of industries over the past decade, from ecommerce to entertainment. One could argue that 2012 was the year that technology accelerated its march to transforming education as well.
I remember a time before the BlackBerry. And while I appreciate its value for emergencies, mapping and the like, I am not fond of its other effects. Today, we are flooded with distraction and noise, and the skill is not drowning in it all.
How many times have you run and gotten your camera -- or your iPhone -- in the hopes of capturing something totally adorable your child is doing? And how many times has your child stopped doing said adorable thing while you were off finding your phone? Mmm-hmm.