Nobody’s Talking at the Airport—and That’s a Problem

I flew from Texas to New Jersey a few days ago.
 
I saw really long, beautiful lines at the airports.
 
Lines to check bags.
 
Lines to get through security.
 
Lines to buy food.
 
Certainly, a lovely sight as we emerge from the Pandemic.
 
Still, one thing really frightened me.
 
Even with the big crowds, the noise levels were incredibly low.
 
There wasn’t much chatter.
 
Or small talk.
 
Everyone was keeping to themselves.
 
Everyone was plugged into technology with earbuds that kept them closed off from the real-life experience of being out with other human beings.
 
And it’s not just at the airport.
 
It’s everywhere…the store, restaurants, the gym.
 
Our faces are in our phones.
 
Our brains are distracted and somewhere else.
 
Our earbuds turn us inward and keep us stuck in our own heads. In...
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