Except for the fact that I’m not talking about myself here; I’m attempting to make a connection with the reader, and encouraging the reader to imagine the scenario as if it were happening to them. The rest of the article was written in the first person because it was about what I experienced. The section to which you’re referring is about what others could experience.

I could have chosen a different pronoun and written:

Once one gets past the initial withdrawal and the shock of not spending every waking hour “connected” to the entire world, one finds a new sense of comfort. One starts to notice when the sun sets. One wakes up and actually gets out of bed. One begins to hear the sounds of nature — even in a big city. One recognizes the sounds of the first drops of rain before a big storm. One becomes hyper aware of the real world — the one that’s physically surrounding oneself.

But this sounds a bit uptight.

I never said that people who are “connected” are unsatisfied. But for those who truly do spend every moment with a phone in one hand, a computer on their lap, and an iPad on the table right next to them, refreshing notifications on all 3 simultaneously… it might not be easy to notice the intricacies of the world around them.

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