“Leave the house without your devices,” he advises in The Washington Post. Also, “you don’t need to broadcast your every encounter. Or peruse every restaurant and concert option available. Or have the world’s information a click away. All that is great, yes, but you appreciate it more if you give it up every now and then.” Take his advice with a grain of salt, though, since his Post essay was actually culled from a recent e-book.
The digital world can be a dangerous place. It’s not just that hackers are trying to steal your passwords and sell you prescription drugs (and maybe both at the same time). There’s also a degree of physical risk.
I recently watched a women, walking while texting, bump into a no parking sign. She was embarrassed, but otherwise unharmed. At least it wasn’t a “no texting” sign. I, of course, noted the occasion on Facebook, where my friends could get a good chuckle out of it.
We don’t need to go as far as this couple did and disconnect completely. But we might enjoy life more of we simply lived it instead of endlessly attempting to document it. At least we could finish our beer.