Cell Phones are Better than Sex
I hope this is just temporary, but this was one thing that happened when the cell phone population exploded in Costa Rica. The adolescents were hardest hit; they became compulsive texters (the girls especially) with their thumbs moving at lightening speed. They were living in a new world they could not resist – their sex life had moved online, where everyone could see them in action. This, they seemed to feel, was a vast improvement.
Sex has always had a social component, everyone could tell at a glance what was going on with everyone else. But at the same time it had an intensely private component. Or I should say it used to have. Our lives have moved outward in many ways, leaving our inner lives vacant.
I have someone to back me up here: Sherry Turkle, the Abby Rockeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her latest book is All Alone Together, which I just got – and which you cannot tear from my greedy hands.