Too plugged in to connect?
By Lee Merecicky
Regarding the May 28 Style feature “Unplugged,” on going without the Internet for a week:
I am 62 and an attorney in the District. My cellphone and e-mail are critical to my work, but I absolutely refuse to text — had it taken off my cellphone services (and I don’t read my e-mail using my phone, either). I have a home computer, but I use it for communication only as a last resort — as with this letter; otherwise, heaven knows how long it would have taken me to send this out! But, basically, my computer is my research tool.
Reading the experiences of The Post’s staff, I was particularly moved by the young woman who expected to have a conversation with her husband. How sad it is that they don’t talk together much. My 27-year-old daughter says she texts when she “doesn’t feel like actually talking to the person, because the conversation might linger.” That scared me.
I ride Metro and see so many people with phones in hand and thumbs flying, or zoned out with earphones on.
We live in a world more and more divided. Should we be cutting ourselves off from personal interaction individually as well? I don’t think this trend is good for our long-term psychological health, and it hinders our ability to be part of our communities and the wider world. Attachment, empathy, selflessness: These are primarily learned traits. How will we teach them to the next generation if this generation loses them?
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