Agreed, but I’m beginning to wonder how many people actually have the necessary skill to achieve that balance. When I’m at the gym, the library, or at the office, everyone — and I do mean everyone — is playing on their phones. Texting, googling, gaming. I’ve never owned a smartphone for precisely that reason. I’m afraid I’ll get sucked into that same technological vortex and never emerge. And I see the damage it does to people, the way it warps their view of reality, the way it harms their real-world relationships. It seems to me that a lot of people really do not know how to handle it, and I suspect the problem will only get worse with time, though I’d certainly love to be wrong about that.

Outer space enthusiast. Japanese history junkie. I write about politics, culture, and mental illness. Disagreement is a precursor to progress.

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