Posted: 17/12/2016 at 10:25
It's easy and dangerous to generalise about the effect of the virtual world. It is likely to have a greater impact on younger people because they have grown up with it and it's just part of their day to day life. You can blame the parents at least as much as the youngsters, for letting them (in many cases encouraging them) spend so much time in their rooms on smartphones and in chat rooms. It keeps them quiet doesn't it?? I've seen plenty of people who are a long way from the first flush of youth, with phones on their desks, and being totally incapable of leaving the damn thing alone for more than 5 minutes.
I do agree that people constantly checking texts and other social media in company drives me mad. The analogy with somebody sitting doing a crossword in a similar environment is a good one, it just wouldn't have happened.
I'm not so sure that the virtual wife is such a bad thing. At least you could switch it off when it wanted to go shopping . I'm now off to find my tin hat and flak jacket.
Last edited: 17 December 2016 10:27:01