Bubbles. It looked like patrons were sealed in bubbles while eating their breakfasts. I was, too. I was updating my resume on my tablet while enjoying pancakes. Glancing around, I realized everyone seemed tethered to technology in their bubbles.
When did we become more interested in screens than souls? How did we become so detached in the name of efficiency? Is it because it seems safer? faster? less intrusive or confrontational?
Before going down to the courtyard breakfast area, I heard lots of group giggles and guffaws. Obviously, not all of us choose solitude. I was surprised to find the courtyard mausoleum quiet by the time I arrived. It made me wonder about the difference.
POSSIBLE REASON #1 Chances are, at least a few of us are introverts. We're not snobs, just okay with being alone.
PLAUSIBLE REASON #2 It's a time management strategy. Let's face it: the demands of jobs and commitments can tremendous. Distractions have to be minimized.
POTENTIAL REASON #3 Bubbles can be a defense mechanism. One of the presenters talked about being Intentionally or unintentionally uninviting. Yep, I know I'm sometimes intentionally uninviting because my head hurts, or maybe I simply don't want to interact with an individual.
PERCEIVED REASON #4 Perhaps there are barriers or challenges that make bubbles seem safer. Everybody has something, dyslexia, acne, an accent or crutches, etc. Do we feel the need to add bubbles to that list?
What about you? Have you spent time in a bubble lately? What kind of bubble? What would it take to burst the bubble?