Have you ever gone a few hours without checking your phone, scanning a website, or flipping through the 47,000 TV channels out there? How did it make you feel? Liberated? Refreshed? Did you hate it? Were you craving the connection?
I fully recognize that disconnecting in today’s world is unbelievably hard. Technology has allowed us to reach people within seconds and expect a reply within seconds. Can you say, instant gratification? I often tell friends and colleagues that the iPhone or any mobile device is a blessing and a curse. I love it most days, hate it others.
I would venture to guess you’ve attempted to carry on a conversation with a person who was texting while you were talking to them. How’d that go? Did you feel like the wall was paying more attention?
This year, the First Year Learning Communities are reading a book by Author, Maggie Jackson titled, Distracted. From Maggie Jackson.com, “Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and former Boston Globe columnist known for her penetrating coverage of social issues, especially technology’s impact on humanity. Her essays and articles also have appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, Utne, and on National Public Radio.”
Ms. Jackson will be visiting Duquesne this week to speak in a session that’s open to the public on Thursday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.
Here’s Jackson talking about Distracted from her website. Hope you can join us on Thursday, I hope to post photos and wrap up coverage later this week.