I’m sitting on a BART train speeding under San Francisco Bay as I write this on my phone. I’ve heard a lot of people say that all these networks, internet, cell phones, internet cell phones, etc. are dehumanizing somehow, separating us.
I’ve said before that I don’t really believe it, and the idea came back to me just now as I watched a woman put her book down to read a message on her smartphone. Whatever she read there, her face just lit up so much that I found myself smiling with her. She’s been alternating between her book & her phone since, looking very happy and very human.
It’s true we sometimes miss things because we’re looking at our gizmos, but in general I don’t think they separate us, I think they bring us together.