(ed: i am so looking forward to the end of the age of the handheld and if you step back from it all a bit – it is totally weird – how people have become slaves of these handheld devices..
and i spend more than enough time online doing this whoar thing – so outside of that i attempt to ignore it all – an example of that is that it would be weeks since i looked at my facebook-feed – yes i post stories there – and i do love p.m. for ease of use/immediacy – but that is it…and i do like twitter and snark there on a regular basis..and i feel that is more than enough for me..
so no..i am not one of those who is walking around glued to their handheld delivery-device..(i probably left it at home/in the car..)
i am one of those looking at them and going ‘w.t.f..!..just turn the bloody thing off..!..why don’t you..?)
Being trapped in a tedious job with no possibility of escape is a recipe for real boredom.
This kind of boredom is unpleasant and definitely bad for us.
This must tell us something about contemporary life.
Look around any bus – waiting room or queue and chances are that many of the people confined there will be head bent – thumbing-tapping or scrolling down.
Even at home phones and their menus are never far from reach.
To be able to be transported to any time or place – real or virtual – to access unlimited information and entertainment or to carry out unfettered communication – is an extraordinary possibility – with untold positive potential.
Nevertheless increasing numbers of people now sense that constant connection is not good for them and feel the need for a “digital detox”.