Tomahawk, WI 06/20/2014 (Basicsmedia) – In “Minding your Business” at Fox Business, Stuart Varney, anchor for Fox Business and host of the show “Varney & Co.” reported on the recent statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on social media. Varney reported that as per Welby, the rise of social media like Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR), etc. are killing quiet reflection and distorting discussions on complex subjects.
In his discussion with Dr. Keith Ablow from the Fox Medical A-Team, Varney asked “Okay, I understand that. But these things (social networks) are here to stay. You can’t cut them off; you gonna get used to them and incorporate them into your life. Right?”
Dr. Ablow said that we can have technology holidays or restrict access to some of the apps or technologies for people who are under a certain age, etc.
But according to Dr. Albow, what the Archbishop of Canterbury meant is, “there is a window here, you can only use 140 characters.” It leads to truncation of discussion and ceases the ability of people to be reflective.
“When you think about the fact that, Stuart, you can instant message anybody, anyhow, you might not even invest a phone call on that person normally. So that whole relationship is a lie. Everybody you a sending a group e-mail to on father’s day. It’s a lie. Because it’s too easy. You don’t care about those people,” Dr.Ablow said.
Taking the discussion further, Varney asked whether Dr.Albow would call him a bad father, since he did not mind when his grandchildren were sitting and watching a movie with him and were also simultaneously glued to their own devices which they held in their hands.
Dr. Albow replied “You are not a bad father, you are just misguided.” He added that instead Varney should have said “listen guys, put away these screens, let’s at least pay attention to one thing for a while, and, by the way, we are gonna get out and play a game after this is all over.”
Dr. Ablow meant that, it is necessary to spend some quality time with loved ones and also touching and hugging each other more often.