“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." ~ Albert Einstein
One thing I have noticed a lot whenever I'm in public lately is that nobody interacts socially with each other anymore. Everyone's heads are down looking into their phones, iPads, Tablets, iPhones, Kindles, or any other electronic device. I'm surprised that everybody isn't walking around running into poles, stepping off of cliffs, walking into the middle of traffic, etc. After all, nobody raises their heads up anymore!
I have especially noticed this in restaurant situations. I often see couples in a restaurant sitting across from each other while both of them are looking down at their phones the entire time. They're not even looking at each other or engaging each other in conversation. You know, that act of actually talking to one another?
At this rate, nobody will know how to socialize with each other in 50 years. We will be a planet full of extremely socially awkward individuals that have no idea how to interact with other human beings.
I have been trying to make it a habit to keep my phone in my pocket lately whenever I am out in public, in a restaurant, etc. I do not want to fall victim to this irresistible urge to always be looking down at whatever electronic device I have on me. I want to be able to enjoy my surroundings, interact with those around me, and see the world in front of me.
Have you noticed this increasingly disturbing trend? What are your thoughts?