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Digital Dementia
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Doctors are noticing enough evidence in people of all ages that they have labeled it Digital Dementia. Evidently when electronics are overused for instant communication (as we are all doing more and more) the left temporal lobe is very active but the right temporal lobe is not. So what difference does that make? Who cares? The right temporal lobe is the part of the brain that helps us read each other, stay attuned to body language, intonation of speech, and tune in to the aesthetic (music, art, nature). When we neglect to use our right brain we distance ourselves from one another intuitively. I notice when I walk (I've taken to walking an hour a day most days) and meet people along the way, the only ones who return a friendly salutation are those not connected to a phone, I-pad, and the like. They walk by, as if in a different world, almost zombie-like. It is kind of spooky actually and very impolite I think. I enjoy a social exchange as I walk Wollaston Beach. There is so much beauty to comment on. I like to comment something humorous and often get met with a humorous response. That is, if the person isn't connected to a wire in his ear. Recently I came upon an elderly couple kissing each other tenderly while sitting on the wall. I commented "I read a sign back there that said NO SMOOCHING ON THE BEACH. With nary a moment's delay, she said, "I've learned to ignore such signs. This is good smooching'"
Ah, have I stated my case? Take the darn wires out of your ears and rejoin the human race.
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