Digital Obsession

100% Digital Obsession in Hoboken and everywhere else

Take a look around today and this weekend in Hoboken. And see how many people got nice flat screen TV’s this Christmas. Is it part of the “digital obsession” epidemic?

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Is it entertainment? Or communication? Or creativity?

Don’t get me wrong – having a television screen isn’t necessarily bad – provided (like anything else) it’s used “in moderation.”

But I’ve been asking around lately… because it’s apparent to me that the general populace is in need of constant entertainment. Think about it for a minute.

  • Games
  • Social Networking
  • Music
  • Videos

Not just at home, or during a period of “relaxation” after a long hard day of work. No. All the time.


That’s what I see people doing with their phones. Non-stop entertainment. And if it’s not games, movies or music, it’s idle chatter on their social networks. Non-stop, I tell ya!

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Every person had head down in phone, or pods jamming their ear canals.

Constant entertainment, distractions – new to the human race

My question is – before the 100% digital obsession – what did people do in terms of “entertainment” 100 years ago. 500 years ago?

Did humanity “socialize” just as much (in groups, in person) as they do today? I would suspect that the “constant contact” of today vs. before the industrial revolution is in the neighborhood of 100 times more. And it seems 100 times more problems with it.

Gone are the days of self-reflection, contemplation and deep study. All of today’s questions have instant answers you apparently need zero experience in order to ascertain.

So what did people do with their time back then? Work really hard is my guess. Most people provided for themselves. Farming. Building things. Keeping the family unit strong and productive. A simple life, long-standing traditions, respect, and so on. I suppose other than an occasional “theater” type show or live act, the thing called “entertainment” was limited to books, and in-person interactions.

Finding Paul Miller

Lastly – I want to share this video. Paul Miller, who’s a tech writer at The Vergetook a year off from the internet – and made a short film about it.

He’s a Millennial – and used the internet since he was 12 years old.

This video was a huge disappointment to me, because the amount of “depth” the Millennial generation has is next to zero. To really find “Paul Miller” this kid should have abandoned all technology – perhaps up to and including electricity as well. Then he would have found a lot more of himself than just sitting on the couch eating junk food and playing video games for almost the whole time he wasn’t online. What a waste.

He could have learned a trade, found out how other cultures live (like the Amish), and gotten himself a girlfriend. But without the internet – he was essentially useless!

So have you become more digital? Or have you begun exploring more offline options?

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We just finished watching that paul miller video and you’re right, what an empty story it was. Not one example of revolutionary or insightful discovery. But it was slickly polished so I’m sure his peers with think it was far out.