Is There Still Life in That Shell?
Another recent study revealed people who spend more time on social media feel far more isolated and depressed than people who don't. A part of this study I hadn't seen addressed before revealed a correlation between those who prefer to relate on social media and those who prefer to conduct transactions at a kiosk, pick up food at a drive through window, and do their banking online.
As our world becomes more robotic and impersonal, so do we. Our society is becoming increasingly technological, mechanical, and impersonal. And people who engage more in technology are increasingly concerned they don't "fit in" or "belong" in a conventional society. It's as though the switch on their electronic devises now also turns them on... or shuts them down. They only derive a sense of "confidence and health" when they are absorbed in their electronic world, where they come back to life until they are cut off and drained.
Like a charged device, they operate fine for a short time until the glow fades, the dials fail, and anxiety sets in. The study was looking for "electronic addiction". They believe they found it... in irrefutable abundance. And it defies social, generational, and intellectual boundaries. Not everyone who becomes exposed gets infected. And not everyone who gets infected becomes terminally obsessed. But the correlations are there. And they are very pronounced.
In getting diverted by and absorbed in our technological world, it seems normal humans are becoming socially dead. On Sunday as I left church, I paid attention to those who smiled and engaged with each other, and those who didn't seem to enjoy the community interaction. I had to ponder if by getting so diverted and absorbed in our busy secular world, normal humans are becoming spiritually dead. It drew me immediately to pray, and I realized I'm still alive.