At war with a satellite
I am guilty to admit that my iPhone alerts me weekly that my screen time averages around six hours per day. That is six hours a day where I am taking in visual media, most of which is nonsensical. Scientifically, this most common of addictions can be traced to the release of dopamine whenever a person is on their phone. It is incredibly pleasurable, but arguably incredibly self-limiting. Neil Postman argues in his book 'Amusing Ourselves to Death' that as a society we are becoming obsessed with information that has no effect on our lives; he defines this as the 'Information Action Ratio'. So, next time you are in the park with your friends, stay off Instagram and appreciate the company and surroundings nearby.