Beware Mush Brain

I realize there’s no going back to the days before the tech explosion, and I have no desire to do that. But there is something about gadget saturation that’s not sitting well with me. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it for a long time, and the best I can come up with is that there’s a downside to the whole concept of “virtual.”

          The brilliant designers and marketers of the world have succeeded in flooding the marketplace with devices we didn’t know we needed and which we now apparently can no longer live without.

          Frankly, I can’t imagine not carrying a phone in my pocket, simply for the convenience and connectivity it offers. And there is something about the elegance and workmanship and functionality of my iPad that would make it difficult to give up. There is a certain seduction to it all.

          Still, I can’t shake the feeling that all this gadgetry is creating a sort of shadow world that distracts and dulls and leads to disengagement and coldness.

I imagine that any cord-cutters and those who have never owned a cell phone or a computer who have stumbled upon this blog post are feeling validated. This isn’t my intent. There is certainly a place for the wondrous capabilities at our disposal– as we may have realized over the last two years or so.

It’s just that there’s also a place for setting boundaries and recognizing that dependence on our gadgets is its own sort of prison. And the world it draws us into is not always as advertised. It’s described as “virtual” for a reason.

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