Smartphones and social media are making lonely people lonelier.
They are promoting a culture in which people are hooked on their digital devices for fear of missing out on something.
The phone is the new security blanket – college students of mine saying they feel empty without a phone in their hand.
These great tools are turning children into robots even before robots take over the earth – as some predict and making adults numb to living in the now which is where all life takes place.
Phones are tools, not substitutes for things that are missing in life.
Rule 1: When in the presence of another human being, turn the phone off or don’t take it out until you are alone. Even when you are alone, return to the real world and remain in it as long as possible interacting, thinking, appreciating.
Rule 2: The phone and digital devices are not cheap babysitters. Even Steve Jobs, arguably the one who started this revolution wouldn’t let his kids have unlimited access to their screens – and they were teens!
Rule 3: When in the company of a smartphone abuser, remain silent until they either give you 100% of their attention in the now or put their phones away.
Rule 4: The phone and digital devices are tools but they have become an addiction and should be treated the same way any other addiction is treated. If you are losing moments in life, you may have to quit to recover.
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