"This gloomy inventory of certain tendencies in contemporary American culture — it is not the whole story, but it is an alarmingly large part of the story —...All revolutions exaggerate and the digital revolution is no different." Leon Wieseltier, 2015
1. All DNA-driven organisms (including man) are provided a finite "slice" of spacetime to participate in reality. This slice is known as "life." Within life, man can reach the GOOD but only with persistent continuous choices and behavior aimed at the GOOD, guided at all times by the marriage of reason, useful information, and passion. The value of life itself is almost 100% tied to this human and humane ability to pursue and reach the GOOD; all other pursuits and achievements are of secondary importance: "The processing of information is not the highest aim to which the human spirit can aspire, and neither is competitiveness in a global economy." (Wieseltier, 2015)
On the one hand, there is the SCREEN, a window into the digital world containing all books, all information, all pictures, all written communications ever recorded. On the other hand, there is the NON SCREEN, the garden, the sky, the walk in the park, friends sharing each other's company face to face, and so on. And then there is TIME which is eternal but finite for humans. And so there is need to allocate time between the SCREEN and the NON SCREEN. In this sense, the time a person spends looking at the SCREEN needs to be carefully controlled.
Human DNA has been well-equipped for thousands of years to deal with non-screen communications and a whole series of emotional, sensory, psychological, intelligent systems have been perfected within man to fully experience and embrace non-screen reality. No text message, no e-mail, no internet blog nor facebook post can fully capture the tone, facial expression, body language, or emotional temperament of the person making the communication. Too much is hidden, concealed, staged, or simply absent for the communication to be considered a "fully real" communication. Recent studies confirm the obvious: people lie more frequently in texts and emails than they do in ordinary conversations. This is possible because the screen communication makes lying so easy, with so many dynamic and difficult emotional factors absent that would prevent the same lie face to face. You know everything about you is being scrutnized when you say something face to face; this prevents some amount of deception among humanity.