Artfully arrange laptop, iPad and iPhone on table. Check Facebook. Send text to friend sitting 10 feet away.
Create new Pandora station around “All Star” to increase “confidence and productivity. Eat celebratory packet of fruit snacks. Check Facebook.
This is a typical Monday night for me — Davis Library, too many screens, not enough vitamin C.
It would now seem as if I am set to launch into a diatribe against technology’s potential for alienation.
The argument is certainly not an unexpected one. Countless articles and editorials media children public persona&s_it=topsearchbox.search&q=social media bad effect on children. have waxed on about the dangers of Facebook, how it distracts us from real human relationships and focuses us instead on building public personas.
The digitization of our world creates unbridgeable distances between us and our neighbors; the virtual eclipses the real with its layers of artifice. Behind the mask there is only another mask!
But all of these arguments, while I may be sympathetic to them, are an oversimplification.
Digital technologies and the internet have enabled a greater degree of connectivity across geographic distances than ever before. They have democratized the access to resources and opened space for new revolutionary possibilities.
And so this is not a call to retreat. I may have reached the ripe old age of 22, but I am not recommending that you lose the computer and instead begin to churn butter by hand in a barn.