Not long ago, I spent an entire day going around New York City without my iPhone.
There’s nothing like being device- and newspaper-free on the NYC subway to realize how our devices are creating bubbles of separation in every public space we occupy. And I think something’s getting lost there, something that has to do with the very fabric of society. Yes, we’re all squeezed in to that subway car together, but we’re separate, and we certainly don’t have to look each other in the eye and recognize each other, see who each person is and think just a bit about their story and how it relates to ours.
Try this: take two trips on the subway or bus (or even an elevator) today without looking at or touching your device. Just look around and notice the bubbles everyone has around them.