February 01, 2008
The Chaplain's Corner
The Chaplain's Corner"May I have your attention, please?"
Four people walk abreast; three talk on cell phones while the fourth checks his PDA screen.
One person chats with another who absently mutters, "Uh-huh" while pecking on a Blackberry.
Opening and reading e-mail while talking on the phone. Writing a paper while carrying on six unrelated Instant Messenger conversations. Surfing YouTube while "listening to" a classmate's presentation. Eating while driving and talking and listening to music.
Technologist Linda Stone has labeled the disease of the Internet Age "continuous partial attention." This is more than multi-tasking; it is choosing to devote less than our full attention to the things we do, continuously.
Maybe it is the wave of the future. Or maybe it is the dawn of continuous partial friendship.
God's gift of friendship is worthy of our full attention.
"May I have your attention, please?"
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