Socially active – or digitally lonely?

Does being “socially active” actually mean digitally lonely?

The other day I snapped this quick picture of some people inside Starbucks (314 Washington St.)

I found it fascinating, because I gather a majority of these people were “interacting” in what they think are “social” environments or networks.

However, they appeared to be glum. Face in palms. Even lonely. Call that “digitally lonely.” Connected in their minds, but woefully disconnected in their souls.

Even though they were physically near other people – they couldn’t have been further apart. All absorbed with something else. What a waste of potential precious human interaction.

There is a better way. It’s called keeping your computer at home, and your phones in your pockets.

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2 Comments on "Socially active – or digitally lonely?"

9 months 11 days ago

The saddest pic I saw was a small toddler trailing behind it’s mother with head upturned looking to be mirrored, but all the child got was her back as the mother was engrossed w her smartphone.

9 months 14 days ago

Jimmy Buffett did a song back in 2006 called Everybody’s On The Phone, with a line that sums up this article….”Everybody’s on the phone, so connected and all alone….”