A week in Cuba with absolutely zero internet for 7 days made me re-realize the reality that screen addiction doesn’t exist everywhere. Yet. All the time people in the developed world spend browsing Twitter, Facebook, Buzzfeed, People Magazine, and TMZ – as well as countless hours indulging in Netflix, Hulu, and Showtime – people in Cuba (& most other places in the developing world) spend actually talking to each other, strengthening relationships & helping each other.
It’s no wonder their sense of community is so much stronger than ours.
Based on our why, it’s probably no surprise I don’t believe whether a world experienced face to face is better than a world experienced through a screen is a point of discussion.
If the current global trend toward more and more time spent on your phone/tablet/computer/tv continues unopposed to the rest of the world, we’re headed toward a dangerously soulless, lonely world. Building community in the physical world, one interaction & one friendship at a time, is the only way to slow down or reverse that trend toward screen addiction.
Why does community matter to you? Tweet us your response.
PS #1: The age of loneliness is killing us, an article published in the Guardian in 2014, may provide additional useful context.
PS #2: I also encourage you to watch “Are you living the life that you post?”.