Mobile phones, mp3 players, television, computers… are forbidden in summer camps. But that’s not a hippy rule against technology just because, it’s a rule for human relationships.
Nowadays, it’s common to see people talking through the phone in the street, running and listening to music, playing video games or checking their e-mail and social networks on the train. It’s OK, everyone is free to use their time the way they want and it’s not mandatory to carry a book everywhere.
But there’s something that worries me. Once I saw two guys — presumably friends — who got on the underground with their eyes on their phones. They didn’t talk to each other for the twenty minutes they sat there; they just played or texted someone all the time.
I could talk about those friends who take a call when they’re having a drink with you and have you looking at nothing for five or ten minutes. Or about those who can’t stop texting at restaurants or at the office, ignoring you and making noises. Or those who are best friends in social networks and never actually meet. But I won’t.
It’s good to have the means to communicate to the rest of the world any time and it’s quite useful sometimes. Even though, when long-distance communication ruins short-distance communication, we must be doing something wrong.