We never look up…

  • Because we’re going through our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds to see what’s up with the world.
  • Because we’re reviewing and editing photos we want to share.
  • Because we’re writing a blog post on the fly.
  • Because we’re texting, iMessaging, or Snap chatting with a friend or loved one.
  • Because we want to watch the push notifications for likes on our last Instagram image post.
  • Because we want to scroll to the next song on iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, or Songza.
  • Because we’re catching up from last night’s TV show.
  • Because we’re making highlights in a Kindle book.
  • Because we’re checking our stats from last night’s run.
  • Because we’re reading work email.
  • Because we’re catching up on personal email.
  • Because we’re looking for directions to the nearest pharmacy.
  • Because we’re looking for an Ethiopian restaurant.
  • Because we’re checking in to that Ethiopian restaurant on Foursquare.
  • Because for a rare moment we need to answer or make a call.  ”Damn, we need to talk?”

Ultimately, because the digital world on our phones is so much more exciting than the real world, a stream of consolidated and constant entertainment of which we don’t know how to ignore.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.