In this age of carrying around the world in the palm of our hands, when a single tap can connect us to anything we desire, I fear the days of enjoying the scenery may be slipping away.
People of all ages sit on shady swings in sunny parks, but they don’t see the beauty around them; they are looking down at the phone in their hand.
On a regular basis, I see families and friends at tables in restaurants, not talking to each other, but staring at their phones. It is a sad sight. I want to ask, "What's more important right now than your family, than your friends?"
A recent PEW Research study of adults sourced in a Wall Street Journal story found that in the U.S., 71% use Facebook at least occasionally. The report concluded that “we spend so much time maintaining superficial connections online that we aren’t dedicating enough time or effort to cultivating deeper real-life relationships. Too much chatter, too little real conversation.”
Commuters hop on a train, or subway, or bus, but they don’t gaze out the window as the world zooms by, allowing their minds to rest, their thoughts to form. Instead, they stare at the phone in their hands.
A road trip consists more of the passengers looking down than enjoying the view. In our travels, I see it all the time, nobody but the driver paying attention. I want to wave out the window and holler, "Get off your phone and look! "
How much we miss, whenever we stop looking.