A cy­ber black hole

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

Peo­ple are be­ing sucked into an elec­tronic black hole and are now in dan­ger of los­ing all real so­cial con­tact. Even when they are so­cial­is­ing in pubs and clubs and other ar­eas of life, their me­dia de­vice is dis­tract­ing them.

There are also phys­i­cal dan­gers when peo­ple are driv­ing on the road or pedes­tri­ans are cross­ing the street as they are glued to their de­vice, car­ried away by me­dia of var­i­ous sorts try­ing to get their at­ten­tion.

Kids now rarely play with each other any longer and spend days in their bed­rooms get­ting fat, us­ing var­i­ous elec­tronic so­cial me­dia and game en­ter­tain­ment elec­tronic de­vices.

This black hole will even­tu­ally swal­low peo­ple whole and they will not know them­selves any longer and lose all char­ac­ter. They will es­sen­tially be­come their de­vice, chron­i­cally de­pen­dent on them for func­tion­ally, in­ter­ac­tive­ness, and liv­ing off ev­ery byte of in­fo­tain­ment it gives them.

They will grow tired and lazy and let the world come to them in­stead of ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in it as play­ers and not just spec­ta­tors.

The elec­tronic me­dia age has its draw­backs and peo­ple should be all too aware of its de­bil­i­tat­ing and in­sid­i­ous phys­i­cal and de­gen­er­a­tive psy­cho­log­i­cal af­fects from overuse. Mau­rice Fitzger­ald, Shan­bally, Co. Cork.

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