“Sorry, I’m in my own world.”
That’s what she told me as she moved over to the window seat. She buried her head in her phone and had no idea she was taking up both seats.
She was busy watching DJ Khaled’s latest Snapchat story. Khaled is notorious for his giving his followers a front row seat into his life.
Even worse, her volume was on. So distracted in her own world, she didn’t even consider that other people have ears. The smartphone was her boombox, as she transitioned to a Nicki Minaj Youtube video.
For all the benefits of technology flattening the world and giving us a second brain accessible at our fingertips, it’s also making people callous. The outside world still exists, and people still have feelings!
It’s easier to live virtually through a screen than deal with what’s right in front of us. People want control of their entertainment, lest they become bored. Given nothing to do, studies show that people will go so far as to shock or pinch themselves to stay entertained.
We’re all living in our phones, our world. But our heads are down in text-neck position. We’re may be in public but we exist online