I think there is a rare person now days who does not spend too much time on media in its various forms. We humans are very addictive and then some have computer jobs and that compounds the problem. My husband brought this article home from work recently. I think the ideas to help us unhook are good. (Taken from "Crosstalk" July-August, Journal of Defense Software Engineering)
1. Turn off the computer, leave your cell phone and iPod at home. Invite family or friends on a walk. Talk about anything but talk the whole walk. If you are not talking, stop walking. When you start talking you can walk.
2. Read a book. Not a technical manual, not a comic book...and you can’t use your Kindle. Preferably classic literature (but not from iPhone’s "Classics" app). Don’t race to the end; instead, savor the story.
3. Take in a live concert, musical, play, or comedy.
4. Learn the basics of human communication—transmission, reception, as well as verification and validation—without the use of technology.
5. (For business) Add someone to your design team who knows absolutely nothing about technology or can recount the salient points of "les Miserables" in one minute.
The very technologies designed to bring us together are keeping us apart. They promote isolation instead of collaboration...In designing our brave new world—where everything is a click away—remember to ask yourself if that’s a good thing..."O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in’t!" (Shakespeare, William, The Tempest. Act V, Scene I)
ENJOY THE PEOPLE MORE!