I heard a report on NPR yesterday that one-third of the 18-34 year old demographic confessed to using their mobile devices in the bathroom.
In fact, 9 percent of iPhone water damage comes from – well, accidently dropping their phones in the toilet.
I’m not sure there is much difference – except sanitary considerations – from reading a newspaper on the john and texting someone.
The real issue is not connectivity.
And in a digital world people are so connected that it begs for more balance.
No time to disconnect and think.
This is personal and different for everybody.
As a Professor of Music Industry at USC I asked my students to give up their cellphones and iPods for two days. They did it reluctantly.
When they reported back to their class on what happened when they went analog, many confessed to enjoying the respite although every student couldn’t wait to get their digital devices back.
Quality of communication instead of tonnage.
Manageable and meaningful social networks not just large lists from which to harvest “friends”.
These issues have always been critical to effective communication even before the digital age.
Scott Peck reminds us “You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.”
We can multitask some things but we cannot multitask and effectively communicate.