I was standing in line at Punch Pizza over at Calhoun Village waiting to place my order. I turned around and the people behind me (about 15) were fiddling with their iphones – elderly, youth, and middle aged.
I turned to the young woman next to me and said: “Can you live without your iphone?” She hesitated and replied, “Yes, and No.” I said “Are you saying everything in moderation?” She said, “Yes.”
This meditation is not a roaring diatribe to ban electronics because there is the temptation to replace human care giving with robots. A new book out, “Reclaiming Conversation” argues electronic communication has replaced human communication. The author says electronics is drying up self-esteem and empathy.
Her final point is that electronics consumes people in bits and pieces and dehumanizes us. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.
Before we get too defensive she does have a point. Obviously that says you and I need to look at our use of electronics and what part they play in our lives.
I admit I have a hard time operating a simple cell phone and I can barely use a computer. But I can still waste a lot of time going on line for what passes as news and information today.
What rules do we set for our children? Are i phones shut off at the dinner table? When was the last time I talked to my neighbor? A family member?
Let’s continue taking time for talking, reflecting and feeling because these are God’s gifts to us. We are refreshed, sustained and yes, sometimes redeemed by human conversation. Let’s not that and continue to practice conversation.
“I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” II John 1:12