Sherry Turkle's article on being tethered had a very salient quote, "Human beings are skilled at creating rituals for demarcating the boundaries between the world of work and the world of family, play and relaxation. There are special times (the Sabbath), special meals (the family dinner), special attire (the armor for a day's labor comes off at home, whether it is the businessman's suit or the laborer's overalls), special places (the dining room, the parlor, the bedroom, the beach). Now always-on/always-on-me technology accompanies people to all of these places, undermining the traditional rituals of separation."
I have a few thoughts which are seemingly contradictory in nature. First of all, we have allowed the world to enter our private, person, family, play time, and this can make creating rituals more difficult if not impossible. However, I wonder if this constant tethering is a symptom of a inherent need to be connected. Increased connectivity and availability can facilitate community.
Is it possible to stay connected with "community" and with the person (family member, friend, lover) sitting in front of you? Doesn't respect and love demand complete attention? As the article said, adults who remember how we were BEFORE connectivity are the ones having the hardest time adjusting. The term "crackberry" comes to mind.
How do we achieve balance?