Distraction

19 05 2012

And something I think about in the near hour-long bike ride to work, with my iPhone zipped up and inaccessible in my backpack. I don’t wear a watch so I’m not checking the time. Instead I am watching the world the world around me and accepting the fact that I may be a few minutes late to work:

“More than objective effects on productivity and stress, though, I just find it really sad to see people miss out on life because they “had” to check their phone. It’s sad seeing strollers full of wide-eyed babies who are absolutely amazed at everything they’re seeing – that bushy squirrel tail flashing across the powerline overhead, the cat sunning itself on the sidewalk, a garbage can left out from garbage day, a bush, a cloud, a man on a recumbent bike, a leaf fluttering down from treetops – pushed by moms and dads with their eyes glued to their 3.5 inch screens, totally oblivious to the sensory explosions going on in their offspring but completely up-to-date on whether or not someone “liked” their most recent status update. “Ooh, red notification!” At least take a photo of the kid or something, sheesh.”

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-were-missing-out-on-real-life/#ixzz1vJWXzAnE

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