The New York Times featured another great article on our “distracted life culture,” where we are becoming disconnected from the people and events around us and feeling anxious if we’re not filling downtime with stimulation. This article, “Disruptions: How the F.A.A., Finally, Caught Up to an Always-On Society” had to do with the annoyance of people having to disrupt their electronic life.
My take is that our “always-on” culture is so prevalent and so addictive that we fight the most simple requests, such as having to turn off devices on planes and turning off phones during a movie. What happened to “being in the moment” and enjoying life… not your electronic one, but your real one?
I think it’s a sad commentary on how addicted we all are to electronic devices. We can’t stop reading our Kindles or doing email on our phones for 15 minutes to settle in a vehicle that’s about to hurl us into the sky and take us to an entirely different city.
Life is full of disruptions, many of which should be welcomed and delightful. My fear is that if we start teaching our kids that it’s against our personal freedom to stop being distracted, then they’ll text & drive, text while in meetings, text in school and yes, be always on. I, for one, welcome the disruptions. They’re part of life — the real one that I like living.