In this year’s edition of our annual predictions of top media stories, one of our prediction was: “We may be immersed in social media, but we’ll spend less time with actual people.”
Back in Jan., we wrote, “So many people use social media sites – from Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn, to and more — that people have less time to spend with their friends and family. We’re not sure if this will get much media coverage…”
Late-in-the-Day Update: Just got around to reading Jane E. Brody’s column in today’s Times. She’s a must-read health columnist, and her current column, “Making Progress Against Clutter,” went beyond thinking of clutter as physical objects. She spent about half the column talking about how much she enjoyed a recent trip to Antarctica because she and her two sons did not spend hours monitoring email and world news. Instead,
We read books and missed not one excursion, lecture, vista or conversation with an interesting shipmate.
As I watched others buried in their iPads, laptops and smartphones, I wondered what people did on vacation before we had this plethora of electronic equipment keeping us “in touch” 24/7. Perhaps they telephoned now and then to see how the dog was faring.
Not knowing about problems back home or at work surely meant vacations were more relaxing, a real break from daily stress.
Makes a pretty strong case for unplugging.