The Digital Divide

Posted by Tom Locke on December 5th, 2018 filed in Business, Education, History, Life, Technology

I am delighted to learn that human interaction is back as an “in” thing to do.

Over the last couple of decades, technology has taken over – to the point it is running our lives.   However,  it is economist, Thierry Malleret’s contention  that the digital divide is going in reverse.

According to Malleret:

“Until recently, it was all about access to technology; but now, it’s about  limiting  access to technology. Among those who know most about tech, the worry about the impact that digital devices have on their children is such that they are moving toward a complete or partial ban.

In Silicon Valley, elite schools now eschew most digital devices while schools for poor and middle-class US children continue to promote screens. Moving forward, this is a sign that businesses and ideas focused on human interaction will benefit from a premium.

This point makes the issue of digital detox all the more relevant and compelling. Limiting our digital consumption is wellness positive. So is reconnecting with nature. These observations may seem trivial to wellness aficionados and practitioners, but they haven’t yet percolated down to the daily lives of a large majority of people.”

All I can say is “Yahoo” – it’s about time and I hope others will become increasing sensitive to this.   After all, we were born to interact – with each other.

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