The Boston Marathon bombings shocked and saddened me, as they did many other people in the United States and abroad.
At first I wasn’t going to post this week. But as I reflected on how life can so easily and suddenly be snuffed out, I thought about how important it is for us to be truly connected with one another and with the world.
This reminded me of the excellent TED talk given by Sherry Turkle, based on her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.
She argues that our pervasive interaction with our smart phones leads to less depth in our relations with the people we love and the world as a whole.
I don’t have a smart phone, although I do have a basic Tracfone I use when I travel. I get that smart phones can be useful in many ways, but I try to keep my life as simple as possible, and I’m happier with less connection to technology.
How does your smart phone impact your life and/or the lives of those around you? How could you change your phone use to make your life better?