A Strange Silence
I was teaching a workshop the other day and, shortly after I called a break, suddenly noticed a strange silence.
In the days when we wore animal hides and wrapped our feet in seaweed, breaks were sort of noisy. People would get coffee and chat. Not so in this case. As I scanned the room, I could see person after person checking their smart phones and sending text messages. Most of them did so for the majority of the break. All held a serious expression. There was sporadic conversation, but far less than in the old device-free days. They seemed to be connecting with everyone except the people in the room.
They were present but not really there.