When you go on your summer vacation, can you also take a vacation from your smartphone?
“With this addiction to our smartphones, this obsession to be connected with the world, we fail to connect with the people sitting right in front of us,” says Welsh, whose book chronicles a 16-day road trip in the western U.S. that he and his girlfriend, Kristy, took while detaching from smartphones and social media. The disconnect in face-to-face interactions keeps growing; I see it happening more as smartphones get ‘smarter.’ I imagine what would happen if aliens landed on earth and observed us. They might think a smartphone is something we need to live, like an external nervous system.”
“Be present,” Welsh says. “Turn off your device and really live. Vacations should be a real break from our technology-soaked lives.”
“We’re relying too much on instant technology,” Welsh says. “There can be life — a higher quality of life — without these devices.”