What if there were no smartphones to take the eyes away from the disapproving stares of fellow passengers aboard a train who can barely hide their contempt for the coloured man riding in the same bus with them?
What is there were no smartphones to take the eyes away from the disapproving stares of fellow students who after their assessment of the ‘victim,’ consider he/she below their status and not welcomed into their circle?
What if there were no smartphones in China, in the middle of the corona virus attack, which has led to the restriction of movements in many places?
The other side of our lack of connection in our connected world has some cheering aspects, for which we must be grateful too. It is specifically why we cannot throw out the baby and the bath water.