Most of us these days are pretty wired.
We have our laptops, our smart phones, our Kindles and Nooks, iPods and iPads.
Technology is often seen as being a way to connect with people: we can Skype with far away friends and relatives, chat on Facebook, find friends we haven’t seen in years.
We can hear in minute detail the daily happenings of near strangers.
But do these things which seem to make us close, actually make us more distant from one another?
I see families out to dinner, and each member is completely engaged with their own electronic device.
Moms and Dads are increasingly using electronics to entertain young children, even infants.
Friends stop mid-conversation to answer their phone, or laugh at a text. Couples on dates are not immune – when conversation lapses, smart phones come out.
Everyone, it seems, is plugged in.