I arrived at my daughter’s concert 30 minutes early, sat down, pulled out my phone and started to download my LinkedIn updates. As I replied to one of my connections a “dad” sat down beside me – our daughters were in the same class. I glanced up from my Blackberry, acknowledged him with a nod and a smile and continued to give my device my undivided attention. After 5 seconds, he pulled out his smart phone and started poking away at the screen. As we both sat there engrossed in our electronic world I stopped and wondered how our electronic devices and our online social worlds have started to make us UN-sociable in the real world.
Next time you’re forced to sit in a waiting room. Glance around and I’ll bet you see the tops of peoples heads as they peer down at their phone and pitter patter on their tiny keyboards. No one is talking to one another, not kids with parents, or couples with each other, or friends with friends. The all mighty connectedness has its hold on us and it’ll be interesting to see where it all goes. Hang on it’s going to be a wild ride!