As we gather together this holiday season, I would like to propose participation in the following behavioral experiment:
When there are ten or more people in a room, count how many of them at any given time are disconnected from the people around them and are otherwise engaged in the virtual realm via their mobile devices.
The sad truth is that it has become socially acceptable to be socially unacceptable.
What was once perceived as rudeness is now the norm. The living, breathing forms in the confined presence of the moment have been reduced to the status of a text or a tweet and can be summarily ignored or deleted without any thought or compunction.
As for me, I miss the days or courtesy and etiquette. I did not mind a society that had governance of deportment.
But there is no turning back.
There never is!