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Social media robs families of human connection

Social media robs families of human connection

I often see a father and son, about 10 years old, at the local Starbucks, each staring at their individual smartphones. They silently eat, but exchange no conversation with each other. They don't even look up to glance at each other's faces. I feel dreadfully sorry for the son, and even for the father who is missing what it means to have a son.

This is to me the apogee of the destructiveness of addiction to social media. I often see people glued to their phones — but a father and son having breakfast together, yet apart, is painful to witness.

I have no involvement whatsoever in social media, never have had. It's easier never to start than to try to quit. I should talk. I'm...