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November 30, 2013

Interaction and gadgets

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NORMAN —

Truth be told, there is little or no need to interact directly with people, not even at work. Not with voicemail, email, texting and sundry other ways to avoid getting up from your chair and walking a few feet to someone’s desk.

The stories of disconnected humans who “connect” to the entire world through a myriad of social media outlets abound.

However, just because they recount in painful detail everything they do in the course of a day, they are only connecting in a superficial way. They may not even realize that the things they post so religiously may qualify for a few TMI awards.

What about physically going to a party or out dancing? You would think human interaction takes place there; how could it not? Do the attendees talk to each other or talk at each other? When they talk do they maintain eye contact, or do they continuously scan the room with only half their brains present in the conversation?

When they dance, do they hold each other in a sweet embrace? Or does each person occupy his or her own space and move in synch with the music. Unless you are engaged in some toasty dancing, there is little touching between people dancing.

Countless studies have proven that the touch of another human being is vital to our existence and mental health.

As Christmas and other holidays approach, we are bombarded by images of close families and loved ones enjoying their time together. How does a disassociated person fit what is portrayed into his or her separate, bubble-dwelling life?

Is it any wonder that depression is on the rise during the holidays?

In a more aware universe, we could consider emulating the times when people huddled together in caves, gathered around campfires and interacted with one another without relying on wonderful and impersonal gadgets that suck our souls dry.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her suspense novels “The Dionysus Connection” and “The Marathon Man” are available on Amazon. Visit elizabethcowan.com.

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