Wa­tered-down Life

The Southern Gazette - - SOCIAL PAGE - “You are wor­ried and up­set about many things, but few things are needed—or in­deed only one.” Luke 10: 41-42

There are many ways in which tech­nol­ogy has im­proved our lives. E-mail al­lows us to keep in touch with friends and fam­ily more read­ily than tra­di­tional mail. Cell phones al­low us to be reached al­most any­where on the planet and are a boon to both com­merce and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. But, the down­side to all of this tech­nol­ogy is that it tends to in­ter­fere with our face-to-face in­ter­ac­tions, wa­ter­ing down our lives. Con­sider how of­ten we are try­ing to have a heart-to­heart con­ver­sa­tion and are in­ter­rupted by the cell phone. Even worse is the per­son who re­fuses to put down their phone dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion, in­sist­ing that they can at­tend to two things at once. Many peo­ple nowa­days have trou­ble fo­cus­ing on one thing at a time, no doubt in part be­cause they have grown up con­stantly multi-task­ing and never re­ally hav­ing to fo­cus on just one thing. The real down­side to this is that multi-taskers miss out on the ex­pe­ri­ence of truly sa­vor­ing life.

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