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The Downside of Staying Connected

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As Chicago recovers from the Artic Vortex, I couldn’t help noticing that our need to stay connected at all times had returned and reestablished its priority over bundling-up, watching where we walk on the sidewalk, or crossing the street safely.

The constant, never-ending need to stay connected leaves me to wonder what effect this has on our ability to develop self-awareness to our surroundings and to the people we pass by.

Some research is needed here, but I am curious about the many loves, friendships, collaborations, initiatives, and inventions over the years that were the result of two or more people coming together because of a chance encounter.

As we walk down the street texting and sipping our Lattes, I wonder what humanity has lost forever because we’re too self-absorbed with texting, and oblivious to the chance encounter we’ve missed because of our insatiable need to stay connected.