This week Ed Sheeran announced - on social media, I must add - that he was 'taking a break' from the medium so that he can see life through his own eyes instead of through a screen (or words to that effect).
I have conducted my own experiment recently, by deleting the Facebook app from my iPhone and iPad so I don't look at it so frequently. The main tangible outcome is that I managed to offend a friend by not turning up to their party - having missed all the usual prompts.
The bottom line is that technology is so ubiquitous in our lives today - whether it's ordering a cab, date (!), checking the weather or doing our jobs - that it is impossible to contemplate life without it. I guess the intrusion that's inherent with living in a connected digital world is a price worth paying.
Have a Merry Christmas and treat yourself - turn your phone off for the day!
Technology is unruly. New innovations bring with them a host of unintended consequences, ranging from the troubling to the downright depressing. Social media makes us lonely. Too much screen-time makes teenagers fall behind their peers. And at the more feeble end of the spectrum, many of us have walked into an obstacle while texting. Whatever glorious vision animates the moguls of Silicon Valley, it surely can’t be this.