This question began as a joke to get the attention of our teenage son. Hubby Terry Oldfield used to call out toward his room, Is there anybody out there? A composer and tunesmith, Terry soon put it to music and it grew into this present day catchy single “REACH OUT” featuring Spanish guitarist and composer Carlos Garo. This modern technology addiction epidemic gives us plenty to think about. Yin and Yang, Good and Bad exists in all things but a question that begs contemplation is; “Are we in Danger of Losing Touch with Human Connection?” Business largely runs online now with much of the communication being through recorded messages, robots or clicks… often stuck on hold, (grrrr!) waiting for a real person. We can in fact get through the day easily without speaking to a real human. Have we become Human Doings instead of Human Beings? And where does mindfulness fit in?
The music clip Reach Out is brilliant playing up our use of emoji’s instead of expressing ‘real emotions and feelings‘. Through a series of clever clips it demonstrates our lack of presence during our everyday tasks mindlessly. There is an ever increasing gap between tangible reality and screen life. Much life is now lived on autopilot lacking real presence as half our awareness is listening for the next bleep – the next call to screen time.