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The Digital Road

When I sit on the T, I usually survey the people around me. How many have their headphones in? How many are playing with their phones? How many are reading their Kindles? How many are trying to read what someone else is doing on his/her phone and or Kindle?

More often than not, there are more people fiddling around with something that requires a battery charge.

How many people are creepily staring at the other people sitting next to them?

One, for sure.

I’m constantly amazed by our digital dependency. It often seems like we forgot how to talk to people. Wait, let me rephrase that. We are talking to people all the time through texts and posts and status updates, but, how often are we talking to the people right next to us? And, no, texting someone in the same room does not count.

My article for The Comment focuses on how technology is affecting our travel habits. There is no need to pull over at the gas station for directions anymore when you have a GPS. We don’t even need to attempt to learn a new language with smartphone apps that feature Google Translate. Instead of asking a stranger where a solid cheap restaurant is, we look up reviews on the web.

I’m not trying to deny the convenience of modern technology, but with gains, there inevitably comes losses. Some of us can’t get away from work, because we have to be checking our emails, even during vacation. Others spend time communicating with friends on social media sites, instead of going outside their hotel. Whatever the reason or the excuse, I’m trying to figure out some of the social and cultural consequences of always being connected when on the road.

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