The future-world behavior of humans as envisioned by the creatives at Pixar in their 2008 movie, WALL-E is becoming increasingly too familiar. People of all ages are spending hours staring (often mindlessly) at a digital screen. In the streets of Chicago, I've sees mothers (or nannies) staring at their smartphones while pushing their babies who are laying in a stroller absorbed in a tablet screen! Way too often I encounter people who can't navigate stairs without pausing to stop (traffic) and stare at their handheld screens. We like to think this only happens to others, but there's a good change we've all fallen prey to losing track of time and attention while staring at the virtual worlds of Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and like. It's not healthy, it's not good, and we need to start consciously deciding when, where and how we use technology.
“Technology feels disempowering because we haven’t built it around an honest view of human nature,” says tech critic Tristan Harris.