– “Technology has been very good at giving us what we want, but less good as giving us what we need.”
“We are at an inflection point in our relationship with technology. Technology allows us to do amazing things that have immeasurably improved our lives. But at the same time, it’s accelerated the pace of our lives beyond our ability to keep up. And it’s getting worse. We’re being controlled by something we should be controlling. And it’s consuming our attention and crippling our ability to focus, think, be present, and truly connect with ourselves and the world around us.
The numbers only confirm what we all know to be true — we’re addicted. A 2015 Bank of America report found that over 70 percent of Americans sleep next to or with their phone. This addiction comes at a cost. A Pew study from the same year found that 89 percent of phone owners said they’d used their phones in their last social gathering, and 82 percent felt that when they do this it damages the interaction.”
“The problem lies not with our desire to connect, but with our form of connection,” by Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, on NBC News.
– UPDATE: October 22, 2017
“Smartphones are killing Americans, but nobody’s counting”
By Kyle Stock, Lance Lambert, and David Ingold, Bloomberg.