Hazards of the Digital Age

Texting and driving is a well-known cause for car accidents and terrible driving.  But walking and texting is turning out to be just as bad, as I saw this morning on my way to work.  Not only did I get knocked into by no less than three people that were texting while walking, but I witnessed a girl almost get hit by two cars at the intersection of Wacker and Randolph all because she was texting on her phone.  She walked out into the street while cars were turning into her, stopped in the middle of the street when one car honked and pulled around her, and stood there as another car whizzed by her on the other side – all while still staring at her phone!  I don’t think she even knew what was going on.

It reminded me of an article I had recently read on Fast Company critiquing the new Apple commercial titled “Designed by Apple in California.”  It basically says that though Apple was unfortunately portraying how more and more people are using technology and their products, it also shows what is wrong with the way people are interacting today.  People are paying way more attention to their little devices than to real life.  You can view the Apple commercial below:

“In what should be a warm, humanizing montage, people are constantly directing their attention away from one another and the real, panoramic world to soak in pixels. They’re choosing the experience of their products over the experience of other people several times in quick succession.”

Social media was started and caught on so quickly for the purpose of  connecting with other people.  What good is it if you stop interacting with the real world to only live in the digital world? It really made me think about the way I use my own phone and if I have been neglecting my own experiences of the real world.  Why let life pass you by?

2 Comments on Hazards of the Digital Age

  1. Patricia Burnside
    August 2, 2013 at 7:51 am (5 years ago)

    Wow! Great article!

  2. Madeline
    August 2, 2013 at 10:10 am (5 years ago)

    I could not agree more with this post! I sadly believe though that 90% of the people who read this post will agree to it all and then go straight back to their smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. I am disappointed to admit that while I am pouring all my energy into the laptop right now, I am also at ease knowing that my iphone is sitting directly next to me. I cannot go a second without my trustee cell phone in fear that I am going to miss some vital information! Technology has improved out way of life in so many ways but at the same time we can sometimes take it too far in our personal lives. I feel inspired now to “forget” my phone for a day and go “tech-less”!!! Here’s to being more aware and building stronger interpersonal relationships!!!


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