If you don’t regularly exercise your ability to connect face to face, you’ll eventually find yourself lacking some of the basic biological capacity to do so.
Research soon to be published in Psychological Science suggests that individual actions and habits regarding how we relate to each other and the ways in which we use technology can leave lasting fingerprints on health and empathic skills.
Looks like it’d be particularly important for children and adult interaction (as the article mentions, instances “like [parents] texting while breast-feeding or otherwise paying more attention to their phone than their child”).
This important to remember for individuals, broadly. It’s additionally worth consideration for designing for any new technology and communication.
When you’re going about your day, in the checkout line, stepping into elevators, whatever, it’s nice to look people in the eye and let them look into yours, if only for a moment of elemental human interaction. Tell me why you must put a computer in the middle of that?
Thoughts from Brian Bergstein, deputy editor of the MIT Technology Review, with links to others with similar concerns about the cultural impact of Google Glass (and within that, the impact on individuals).