Our Dangerous Love Affair

Businessman using smart phone on hotel bed

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — We live in a culture obsessed with its high-tech gadgets, and we just love every minute of it, don’t we?

Our phones order our food, hail our cabs, deposit our checks, pay off our bets, check on the baby, see who’s at the front door, and find a detour around the traffic.

If we could train our phones to sing us to sleep, we’d do it.

Come to think of it, I bet there’s an app for that.

But this love affair of ours is not without its dark side.

If you’re a parent who struggles to control your kid’s phone habit when all their peers are constantly glued to their own, you are not alone.

And I wonder if, as sometimes happens when you rush into a head-over-heels relationship with someone – or something – new, our love of high-tech gadgetry isn’t leading us off a cliff.

In the course of a positive article about how technology is leading to an explosion of at-home workers and office-less companies, the Globe notes “it can be isolating.”

No kidding.

For all the hassle that going to the office imposes, is there really no value to the human interaction of the workplace?

The paper reports that while less than five percent of America’s workforce does it remotely full-time, almost half of all workers do it once in awhile.

You can see where the trend is heading.

And you gotta ask yourself – do we really want to become more isolated from one another than we already are?

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