Technology has great potential to bring people together, but it can also be used to avoid direct contact. I often find myself using technology to avoid interaction. I find I prefer communicating via email rather than voice. Much of the work I do know is via the internet. Part of the reason I chose the distributed learning model was to work independently and not have the social burdens that come with traditional ground schools. I find myself using digital citizenship to become an analog hermit. This is not the best way to use technology. So I have a chosen a mantra that reminds me not use technology to avoid the world.
I will not use technology to avoid the rest of the world. I will use technology to embrace it.
And here it is in Haiku:
I will not use my
technology to avoid.
I embrace the world