Technology is Making People Lose Empathy for Strangers
Will you even just look at a needy stranger on the street when you’re busy with your gadget? You probably said no right?
‘Now four years sober, Adam Reichart said he agreed to take part in the Homeless GoPro project in a bid to turn his life around. He will wear the camera for two hours a day, with the footage uploaded onto the project’s website.
‘”Most people who are homeless don’t have any type of real interaction that means anything when you’re homeless because people treat you so much differently,” he said.
‘”I notice every day that people are losing their compassion and their empathy not just for homeless people but for society in general.
‘”I feel technology has changed so much where people are emailing and don’t talk face-to-face anymore, people are losing social skills…and their compassion…’
Children losing manipulative skills because of tablet addiction
Children can swipe a screen but can’t use toy building blocks, teachers warn. Computer habits are also hindering progress at school
‘Children are arriving at nursery school able to “swipe a screen” but lacking the manipulative skills to play with building blocks, teachers have warned.
‘They fear that children are being given tablets to use “as a replacement for contact time with the parent” and say such habits are hindering progress at school.
‘Addressing the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester on Tuesday, Colin Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, said excessive use of technology damages concentration and causes behavioural problems such as irritability and a lack of control…’
Six core qualities of a person endowed with vision
How to Cultivate Practical Wisdom in Our Everyday Lives
From psychologist Barry Schwartz, author of the influential The Paradox of Choice, and political scientist Kenneth Sharpe
‘…Perhaps most importantly, practical wisdom requires a degree of self-awareness and self-reflection, affirming the notion that it’s more important to understand than to be right — something not always easy in a culture dominated by the illusion of the separate ego:
‘Practical wisdom demands more than the skill to be perceptive about others. It also demands the capacity to perceive oneself—to assess what our own motives are, to admit our failures, to figure out what has worked or not and why… Such self-reflection is not always so easy when … we feel we’ve been wronged. And it’s also difficult when we’ve been wrong — thoughtless, careless, too self-interested. Being able to criticize our own certainties is often a painful struggle, demanding some courage as we try to stand back and impartially judge ourselves and our own responsibility.
‘Schwartz and Sharpe go on to outline the six core qualities of the person endowed with telos:…’