A Goofy Challenge From Google's Schmidt

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  1. CatfishRivers

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    A Goofy Challenge From Google's Schmidt: Could You Go An Hour A Day Without Looking At A Screen? - Forbes (click for full article)

    "On Sunday Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt exhorted the graduating class at Boston University to just try to go an hour a day without looking at a screen. "Take on hour a day and turn that thing off," he said. "Take your eyes off that screen and look into the eyes of the person you love. Have a conversation, a real conversation."

    First thought: Google telling you to unplug from the matrix is as bizarre an idea as tobacco companies telling you not to smoke.

    Second thought: You know, I do spend way too much time looking at screens.

    Third thought: Who's he trying to kid? You can't just "turn that thing off" because screens surround today like water surrounds fish in the ocean. Fourth thought: increasingly a "look into the eyes of the person you love" means looking at them through your iPhone or Skype account, or keeping up with their exploits via Facebook.

    I know what Schmidt is getting at, but it just seems ... goofy.

    Think - when was the last time you were conscious for an hour without looking at a screen of some kind? Smartphone, TV, computer monitor, the GPS system in your car, iPad, iPod, Kindle, Nintendo DS, whatever. When was the last time you enjoyed an hour that was entirely analog - no digital nothing? When was the last time you sat down and read a book for an hour, with no interruptions, without checking your phone, without glancing up at some kind of screen? When was the last time you took a walk, anywhere, without looking at your phone? What's more important to remember when you leave the house: your phone or your wallet?"
    Last edited: May 21, 2012

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