"Please be careful of becoming so immersed and engrossed in pixels, texting, ear buds, twittering, online social networking, and potentially addictive uses of media and the Internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person-to-person communication."
"Initially the investment of time may seem relatively harmless, rationalized as a few minutes of needed relief from the demands of a hectic daily schedule. But important opportunities are missed for developing and improving interpersonal skills, for laughing and crying together, and for creating a rich and enduring bond of emotional intimacy. We should not squander and damage authentic relationships by obsessing over contrived ones."
So now I'm asking myself, "Does the time I spend using various technologies and media enlarge or restrict my capacity to live, to love, and to serve in meaningful ways?" I think I'm restricted by the amount of time I text or email rather than speaking to someone by phone or in person. So much is missed when you cant hear a person's tone of voice or read their body language. I'm going to try to take it back a notch in the media/technology department.
Less blog surfing,
less call screening,
more face time.