I recently saw a cartoon that summed up an interesting trend in Western society. It showed four children playing on a park bench with their tablets and devices, with a desolate playground in the background. The caption stated, “children playing.” This satire illustrates a starkly troubling phenomenon. In our desire to virtually connect through technology, it seems as we are going offline to reality.
An October 16, 2015 The Week magazine article titled, “Smartphones: Changing us for the worse?” describes this phenomenon on p. 17: