After my most recent foray into Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451', I've decided the man was a prophet, pure and simple. Even the densest reader can make the connection between Guy Montag's futuristic society and our own: With ear buds (Bradbury called them 'sea shells' for the ears) and flat screened televisions (he called them 'parlor walls'), the man knew a dangerous trend when he saw one. His message? Don't abandon personal relationships for technology.
We took some of the grands to the local zoo not too long ago and witnessed a very disturbing sight: Two little boys, unhappily trailing their parents, both of whom were glued to the screens of cell phones. I felt so badly for those boys. Who will model interpersonal conversational skills for them? Not their parents, that's for certain!
Before you shake your head and tell me that's just the way of today's society, I invite you to get comfy and read. May I suggest 'Fahrenheit 451'? Let's talk when you've finished it.