Invasion of the techno zombies
They’re iPhone obsessed or addicted to a Crackberry. In other words, they suffer from iDisorder – an obsession with mobile media technology.
You realize your friends require an intervention because their eyes flutter back and forth between you and their smartphone as you’re talking to them. When there’s a break in the conversation they mumble,”Jus a sec.” and start emailing or texting someone.
When the discussion resumes, they start talking about the time they lost their iPhone on SkyTrain.
“I felt so naked without it. I panicked,” they say.
Their admission gets sympathetic nods from the other zombies.
“I once took a cab home at lunch because I forgot my phone when I left for work in the morning,” admits your lawyer friend.
“I can’t function without it,” adds the social media specialist.
The worst one in the crowd is your buddy who’s a journalist. That’s because she has two obsessions, her iPhone and breaking news. She’s constantly checking headlines from various news outlet websites. When a news story breaks, her fingers are a blur as she tweets the latest story on her smartphone.
The growing number of techno zombies is a good reason to support a Technology Sabbath. Once a week we all need to reconnect with ourselves, family and friends. That’s not something you can do face to screen with your smartphone or hypnotized by your tablet or computer screen.
There’s a great article about unplugging from technology on the PBS MediaShift website. You can also learn more by reading the Technology Sabbath manifesto and the Huffington Post has a great article about smartphone obsession.
I would recommend you read these articles and then go for a walk, meditate, talk with others or anything else that doesn’t involve technology.