Recently, the topic of a columnist called the “Old Coot” (Merlin Lessler) was published in the local weekly newspaper, the Tioga County Courier (Owego, NY), was about the loss of togetherness, due to younger people prioritizing their lives by playing on mobile technology and social media. The “Old Coots” comments were reflected by an interviewee on the Rachael Ray Show today (25 March, 2021) named Boris Kodjoe of the ABC television program (locally, WIVT, broadcast channel 34, Spectrum streaming channel 6), Station 19.
Both had very identical thoughts.
Reading the “Old Coot” since the days when a mother sent her son in Florida the Tioga County Courier in a yearly subscription. In younger years, it was often thought that the “Old Coot” spent too much time bloviating some of what rural folks say, “it ain’t not been like that all these years, so why should we do it now,” when considering a public indoor swimming pool at a high school as local swimming “water holes” in creeks were being polluted by laundromat and dairy cows. Uncertainty as to whether the “Old Coot” ever wrote about “swimming holes” and indoor pools. Certainly, this article about how society has lost touch with face-to-face (f2f) communication by burying heads constantly into cell phones, was very applicable to today’s life.
The identical thought to the “Old Coot” was in the interview on Rachael Ray’s show this morning. Mr. Kodjoe told about making it a regular family event to eat dinner at 6:30 PM, together, every night. He told that he forbids phones at the dinner table, telling his kids that until they can communicate well with other human beings (face-to-face) and learn how to properly do this, he wants to curtail the use of phones.
Kudos to both of these writers for bringing this situation to the forefront in today’s America. Only with discussions of solutions to this attitude about priorities in using phones and social media, can we begin to solve some of the attitude problems in today’s world which inspires hatred, hate groups, shootings in Atlanta and Colorado, and the NRA and a Nebraska Republican congressperson to lie about the use of automatic weapons in America, so as to use this as a false validation of the 2nd Amendment. I wish we have justices who would take a strong look at this fake stuff about the 2nd Amendment which creates a hell on earth that we don’t need. Perhaps this, too, with changing the attitudes about prioritizing communication with cell phones and ignoring one another and ignoring the respect we need to have for one another, in order to coexist in America, and we can begin to solve our problems effectively.