Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future and Locked Us In


  • People who disconnect from technology for a period of time often report feelings of withdrawal, being ostracized, difficulty connecting with peers, and more. They also compare disconnecting from media to withdrawal symptoms from addictive drugs. Chen also notes that many people are always looking at their cell phones when they should be paying attention to people they are physically with. He suggests that we all pay attention to turning off technology when we are with others. There is no reason to unplug for protracted times to see what it is like, but we all need to find a balance and try to help children do the same thing.
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