Altered Sense of Place and Time
Since phones, computers, and television are such common parts of daily life, we may miss some of the more subtle ways in which they impact us. "The message that I really want to give the world about technology is that it's very powerful," says Greenfield. "It has the ability to alter mood and consciousness and create a sense of time distortion and dissociation." This may sound a little far-fetched, but Greenfield's example may sway you: When a person is in a room with their friends but on their phone, everyone else basically regards that person as absent. That person probably feels that way themselves. Additionally, there is no question that people can easily lose track of time when they're binge watching a show or scrolling down Twitter. When using these technologies, people change the way they interact with the world around them and the way that world regards them.