There’s more to life than tex­ting

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Learn­ing to live anony­mously,” Opin­ion, June 7

Robert M. Sapol­sky’s piece is heart­felt and bril­liant, ex­plain­ing a great deal about mod­ern hu­man in­ter­ac­tion and the “vol­un­tary dis­so­lu­tion of in­tact so­cial groups.” What he does not touch on, how­ever, is the mod­ern pref­er­ence for vir­tual so­cial groups over ac­tual hu­man con­tact.

It may be a gen­er­a­tional is­sue (I re­cently be­came an of­fi­cial se­nior cit­i­zen and am now ren­dered in­vis­i­ble to any­one younger than 30), but bear with me.

I re­cently asked a de­light­ful 26-year-old man if he en­ter­tained groups of friends in his mag­nif­i­cent high-rise bach­e­lor apart­ment with an un­ob­structed ocean view. His re­sponse floored me: “No, we mostly just text each other.”

My mind reeled with vi­sions of the bac­cha­na­lian life­style that I in­dulged in at his age. The idea that I would have pre­ferred to spend a Satur­day night on my couch tex­ting my pals crosstown on their couches was un­think­able. I must con­fess that I took plenty of walks on the wild side (thank you, Lou Reed) and was not al­ways a good cit­i­zen, but I would not trade my mem­o­ries for a flick­er­ing, buzzing, hand­held per­sonal de­vice if I lived an­other 1,000 years.

Philip DiGi­a­como

Pa­cific Pal­isades

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