I am prompted to write this because a lot of my friends and family members are unhappy and this research caught my eyes. I realized that all of them are heavy users of electronic gadgets and spend way too much time on them (they clutch their smart phones all the time and keep looking at the screen as if they are just about to hear that they have won the lottery). It does not sound unusual because that is what everyone seems to be doing these days anyway, including texting during a sermon.
Now let me clarify, I am no Luddite or technophobe. Actually, I make a living working online with technology all day. I do not know if that is the reason, but:
The research that I mentioned above has concluded that “…those who say they spend considerable amounts of time using multimedia describe themselves in ways that suggest they are less happy and less socially comfortable than peers who say they spend less time on screens.” Ladies and gentlemen, as cool as you might think you are just because you can buy hardware and then pretend that your life depends on it, the sad reality is that you are just another ordinary human being in the grand scheme of things. Not too long ago, people did just fine without cell phones. So if you want to be happy, borrow some ideas from me.