On one foot


Smart phones can hobble us. They connect us, and do it with persistence, drip by drip. But they also push us to make everything fit on a very small screen for a very short time. Teaching complicated ideas to people on a phone is like trying to teach geography to a bunch of sugared-up kids who just had a triple espresso, while they are standing on one foot being bitten by a swarm of mosquitos. There could be a direct correlation between smart phone usage and underinformed mass behavior. Sometimes it’s worth opening up a laptop and slowing down just a bit. Yes, opening up a laptop might count as slowing down a bit.