High Tech…Low Touch
In a recent New York Times article, “Laptop Slides Into Bed
in Love Triangle,” it was reported that more people are bringing
their computers/work to bed.
Have things gone too far or what? Can our intimate relationships
survive the invasion of these electronic devices? Is nothing sacred
anymore? Our work has taken precedence over our relationships and
Our beds, which are a place for us to relax and restore ourselves,
are no longer held sacrosanct. We have been snatched by technology.
These so-called labor- saving devices are taking over our lives
and leaving us emotionally bankrupt. They have not only become a
distraction, but also an avoidance of intimacy, quiet time in which
to reflect or to simply daydream.
Remember daydreaming? Time to let our minds unwind and to do absolutely
nothing. We are now filling up every spare moment with work or the
illusion of “staying in touch” when in fact so much
of our technology keeps us out of touch. Out of touch with ourselves,
with genuine contact, with nature and with authentic intimacy.
Bringing your computer or Blackberry to bed is a way of having
physical contact with your spouse or partner without really having
to interact or connect. We are in proximity, but not truly relating.
We have reached the day of high tech and low touch and, as a result,
we are losing something very precious. We’re losing track
of our priorities and as a result our humanity.