LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Craig's Twist 63 -- The Toad Suck Challenge.
Heads up, Arkansas; there's a beautiful world out there.
Our state has been blessed with so much natural beauty, why ignore it because of the pull of some electronic device? The e-mail, the text, the message, the app, the video, the game -- make it wait.
It's like standing in front of the Mona Lisa on the museum wall, and you're obsessed with the light switch.
MIT Professor Sherry Turkle, has written a book entitled "Alone Together. Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other."
She has conducted a 15-year study of the relationship between humans of all ages and their electronic devices. She makes the case that technology now means we can be with people -- but also elsewhere at the same time -- connected to wherever we want to be.
"The thing we value most is where we focus our attention. We have gotten used to the idea of being in a tribe of one, loyal to our own party."
She goes on to say, "As we ramp up the volume and velocity of online connections, we start to expect faster answers. To get these, we ask one another simpler questions; we dumb down our communications."
Human interaction is unpredictable. It takes concentration. It takes energy. But -- It is absolutely necessary.
I challenge all who go to Toad Suck this weekend, to keep your head up. To look at one another. Put the device away.
Look at the Mona Lisa, and not at the light switch.