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Are You Becoming a Digital Zombie?

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zombiesInteresting article from the Washington Post that says we’re losing our view of the natural world around us by focusing on our small screens so much that we miss what’s around us. Are we becoming “digital zombies?” Perhaps that’s just a new twist on the old maxim, “stop and smell the roses.” Or is it a spin on the old “chicken and the egg” tale?

I’m not sure, and certainly you can argue that humans have a proclivity to become obsessed with any new trend, and some too much so. But the article raises interesting points about how tied we become to our on-line lives. Of course the answer to any obsession is a simple one and that is to try and find balance. While there may be some withdrawal pangs from going cold turkey and logging off the net for awhile, it is a simple common sense answer if you’re feeling like you’re missing the natural world around you. But it is difficult to do when it is so easy to be connected and your first impulse to find out information is to whip out your mobile device to find what you’re looking for.

How about you? Are you becoming a digital zombie?

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

6 Comments

  1. Absolutely NoOne

    12/15/2009 at 7:46 am

    BRAAIINNNS!
    Or would it be INTERNETSSSSS!

  2. sbtablet

    12/15/2009 at 7:55 am

    Actually, I think that camera and video buffs should be included in the digital zombie ranks. I swear one of my friends has never actually seen her kids’ school plays, or sports events, or whatever. She gets so hooked into getting the right angle, right light, right everything that she misses the event. Trouble is, that reinforces her video addiction, because her response is,”I’m so glad I have the video to watch, or I’d never remember what was happening.”

  3. GoodThings2Life

    12/15/2009 at 7:57 am

    WEBBBBBSSSSSSSSS!! ;)

    Seriously though, just the other day someone a little younger than me sent me showed me this “amazing picture” of a beautiful flower bed and said they hadn’t seen anything that nice in a long time. My immediate thought was, “You need to get out more.”

    I love tech, it’s how I make a living, but at some point you have to draw a line and stop letting it (or anything else) consume you.

  4. SAM

    12/15/2009 at 12:47 pm

    I think humans have always had some sort of obsession/addiction throughout time.

    The mediums just changed.

    Now, ya’ gotta shoot them in the head or they will just regenerate and come back. I recommend arrows, as they don’t make noise to alert the others…

  5. Absolutely NoOne

    12/15/2009 at 2:25 pm

    Or a nuke, to get em all at once! Then no more can come back for a while cause of the radiation! Yeah!

  6. Clayton

    12/16/2009 at 8:53 am

    Digital zombie? Me? Nahhhh…

    Hold on, let me go finish reading the other 9 tabs I have open, then I’ll come back and finish this comment. I can’t keep my attention on one response for too long. Facebo–Timesuck awaits!

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