An ambient ding fills your pocket as a new email arrives. The subject “Your package has been delivered” puts a glow in your face and warmth in your heart. Knowing when you get home a new gadget will be waiting for you. This one will change everything. This one will make your life easier. This one will finally be the one that takes the place of all of the other ones that have been on your doorstep this year. This one is the “one”.
A day later the excitement is still strong. The colors look brighter, texture smoother, processing faster, although not that much faster. Two days later you compare the colors and suddenly they don’t look all that much brighter, only slightly, maybe the reds.
Weeks pass as you attempt to to convince yourself life has improved. Meanwhile nothing really changed. Coworkers still respect you for the same qualities, friends smiles look the same, life is as it was and continues to be what it will.
Realizing the box will never change who they are, what they do, what they say, how they act. The box will never change how you feel, how you act, how you treat others. Trying to cram life into the box will never succeed. Technology may help us fill in the gaps but it will never make us whole.