Excuse my longer than expected silence – a trip to Australia in its autumn is the feeble reason. And meeting up with our friends in the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
Such trips allow time to wander and people watch. When travelling on public transport or sitting in public places almost everyone I observed was head down and staring at small screens with wires extending into their ears. The unintended consequences include bumping into things, tripping over uneven pavements, getting digital strain injury, paroxysmal laughter, singing loudly — even walking into lamp posts. Communication and engagement with the immediate surroundings is relegated to a sixth sense. There is another consequence as described in this article — what can be called technical pathology. So undoubted benefits — but also less obvious harms?
A personal view: Rob Lawson