Dear Commons Community,
Joel Spring, a professor and colleague (Queens College and the Graduate Center), alerted me to a piece on addiction to cellular phones in the NY Times today. Written by the popular author, Martin Lindstrom, it raises the question of whether we are addicted to or simply just in love with our electronic handhelds. Citing neuroscience research including his own, a case can be made that we are becoming addicted to or at least overly in love with these devices. His conclusion:
“As we embrace new technology that does everything but kiss us on the mouth, we risk cutting ourselves off from human interaction. For many, the iPhone has become a best friend, partner, lifeline, companion and, yes, even a Valentine. The man or woman we love most may be seated across from us in a romantic Paris bistro, but his or her 8GB, 16GB or 32GB rival lies in wait inside our pockets and purses.
My best advice? Shut off your iPhone, order some good Champagne and find love and compassion the old-fashioned way.”