Life in the Bow

• May 4th, 2015 •

It’s been quite awhile since I spent time in a big city like New York. It was a beautiful spring day and everyone was out and about. I had a few hours to pass while my sister enjoyed a Broadway play with a friend so I took the time to walk around Central Park and people watch. It has been a long time since I have been around thousands of people but I was shocked and saddened to see so many people looking down. It’s not an exaggeration to say at least a third of them where looking down at their device whether it was a phone, a Blackberry, a tablet, a small camera. A father and son passed on their bicycles and both of them were riding with their left hand on the handlebars while their right hand was held overhead to the side snapping continuous selfies as they slowly rode their bikes not paying any attention to what was around them. A family, parents and four girls, passed by with each one of them engaged with their own phone in their hands while the youngest child clutched her iPad close to her chest holding on for dear life. A group of four young people were walking all together without talking to one another but looking down at their phones. A lot of people held their phone in their hands, many at their side but just as many holding it with bent elbow up to their chest so they wouldn’t miss a message the second it came in. Is this crazy only to me to have so many people mesmerized by technology? Are we losing our human connection right in front of our eyes and nobody seems to notice or care because everyone is looking down? Have we accepted this technology trend as normal and this addictive behavior will spread? Look around and see how may people are living life in the bow.

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