Something new has invaded Blue Rock Station.
For years we have welcomed interns into our home/business/life. The experience has been wonderful for us and we hope a great learning experience for the interns. We work hard during the day, and typically the evenings are filled with conversation, music and staring out over the hills and letting the mind rest. Often the interns sit outside and write letters to friends and relatives. Actual pen and paper letters.
But in the past few years this idyllic scene has changed a bit. The interns have brought with them a mental parasite; a rectangle that consumes their attention, their conversation, their ability to think clearly. The rectangle has gobbled up resources, time and joy.
As I write this, I am listening to NPR. They are telling a story of how high school kids have been asked to give up their phones for a day. Twenty-four entire hours without the rectangle. You would have thought their entire family had been killed in a plane crash or they were being asked to walk a dozen miles barefoot across broken glass.
We have tried to limit interns access to the phone here at Blue Rock Station. But like addicts everywhere, they need their fix and when unwatched, are shooting up with Facebook and Instagram. We turn off the broadband receiver – and suddenly there are errands that must be run at places with free wi-fi.
I am not sure what solution lies undiscovered. I just know this addiction to crack technology is damaging and widespread. I see students on college campuses walking in groups – but they are not together. They are each focused on their rectangle as they walk in front of cars – oblivious the the world around them and their “friends” in the “real” world.
Why wait for the zombie apocalypse? It is already here.