Tuned in, tuned out - how gadgets are making us disembodied entitiesNowadays everyone with a mobile phone or iPod seems to be tuned in to their devices, but tuned out of what is happening around them don't you think? That is, they are so fixated on checking out messages and browsing on their smartphones or listening to music on iPods, they are not really in sync with what's going on around. For example, let's say you are chatting with a group of friends. At least one or two of them will surely be fiddling with their smartphones. Suddenly, they will ask, "What are you laughing about?" This will be like about a minute after something funny has been said and, naturally, they were not attuned to the conversation at all. It is like as though they are disembodied entities not physically present near you!
As I mentioned in my other thread, it is really good to have a landline phone to which one cannot be physically so attached that one loses track of things going around you in real time.