Monday letters: We are addicted to technology

07/28/2014 12:00 AM

07/25/2014 3:39 PM

Tech saturated, are we really better off today than we were 10 to 15 years ago? Are our lives made easier? I doubt it. We are getting to the point where we can’t seem to function without high-tech gadgets; when we lose our precious device, most everything comes to a screeching halt.

Thanks to our devices, we have no social skills anymore, while at the same time we have many social apps right at our fingertips. I am the only one in my household of four people who does not have a smartphone. I have a myphone (flip phone, if you must know); got it from the Smithsonian. My biggest fear of getting one is that I will become like 80 percent of the people I see: faces buried in their phones, not wanting to miss one second of useless information that someone they don’t even like has posted.

How often has this happened to you: You’re in a conversation with someone face-to-face and their phone buzzes, vibrates or whatever, and they stop you in mid-sentence to answer a text or call? It’s important, they say. Maybe; more than likely not. We are caught up — hook, line and sinker.

Sam Miller


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