Great article, Joshua. This is why I limit my internet usage and this is why no one brings their cellphone to the dinner table at our house.
I appreciate how you acknowledge smartphone use as a virtual world. I think you’re the first I’ve heard refer to it this way. That’s certainly what it is. There is so much that exists inside that device in which we make a part of our every day life.
Looking up from my monitor I see a ginormous map of the United States, stacks of books, my typewriter and my cat Brutus sleeping on my desk in front of me catching some sun rays through the window overlooking the flower garden and pond. It’s a engaging view.