It was almost as though I was talking to her in a foreign language.
She had to take a moment to come out of her reverie, to literally come back to the present moment and the place where she stood to talk to someone right in front of her.
Plus, a British study of college students found that 7% of students had lost a relationship or job due to cell phone usage.That’s a warning sign that we as a society are giving in to our electronic tether, our techno-fetishes, and putting more faith in them than in our own real-world concerns.We all need to find out what else is going on at other locations, to the detriment of the current situation happening right there in front of us.The unspoken subtext of checking text messages in front of friends is: “Somewhere else there is someone who I care about more than you.With ever more immersive experiences on mobile devices — from music to TV to games — I wonder whether the gadget haze will grow thicker and thicker, making it even more difficult for others to break through.
Of course, I am not anti-technology and am in awe of the i Phone just like the next gadget freak.
That means much less chance of conversation with the people who populate their real lives.
Last weekend I went back for a reunion of old friends at my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Columbia, located in the heartland of America.
While wandering around campus, I noticed that just about every student had a cell phone out to read text messages or check voicemails as they walked around — whether they had friends nearby or not.
What was once something you did in private or during downtime has now become an obsession.
Whether you are dating someone, interviewing someone, or just meeting someone for the first time, there is a special quality about face-to-face interactions.