A J-Term challenge from Dean Collado
Concerned that too many of us are glued to our phone and computer screens, Collado warns, “The face-to-face conversation, the hand-written note, and the reassuring touch have given way to the casual, distant interaction that sometimes comes with living life virtually.”
As I noted in JP’s 2010 list, we are an increasingly plugged-in population. We know the benefits of Facebook and email, but the costs are what Collado asks us to consider:
I worry that this may be the first generation without sufficient experience in making human connections, that we are encouraging the development of individuals who will not know how to talk directly to each other and resolve conflict across human lines. We may run the risk of simply becoming observers, passive non-participants in our own lives. I worry that technology, to some extent, is pacifying and paralyzing us.
Commenter Kya A agrees, saying, “It’s crazy. I gave up facebook for a few months twice last year and missed an engagement, a birth, and several birthday party invites. I felt like I had just come out of a mini-coma.”
What would happen if you lost your Internet connection for a week? Could you give it up for that long while on campus? Just 24 hours?
“But why wait for a power outage before you disconnect? Try it. Tell me how it went,” Collado challenges.
Sounds like a J-Term project. I’m considering it for a day or two. Anyone else?