The Illusion of Separateness

Don’t miss your connection.

“Given what today’s technologies can do, it feels like the world is getting smaller, and we’re more connected than ever before. There are many ways to interpret this theme: from a gadget to a handshake, from a bridge to a gathering among friends. What’s yours?”

The next time you’re in the subway, or on a bus, or sitting in the airport have a look around. When was the last time you did that? That’s right, you were probably staring at the screen of your phone or tablet. You look up just long enough to make sure you didn’t stick your foot into the gap or get the door closed on the hem of your coat. Then it’s back to text messaging, or Facebook, or Twitter or Instagram. If you can be bothered, the next time you’re on the bus, count the number of people that are staring at flickering screens.

You’re still connected to the people around you that you’re trying your damnedest to ignore. Maybe it’s time to actually go back to sharing the journey with people, rather than the pieces of glass and plastic in your hand.

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