I understand your thoughts on this.
I have a cell phone but it's not internet connected. No Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter….
BPL and my blog are the closest things I have to social media.
I'm not so bothered by the computer and the time I waste on it because it is marginal. I can, and do, walk away from it.
But I'm afraid of having a smart phone for the reasons you describe. I can see what it leads to and I'd rather not go there. I think I'd be begging for a perpetual state of "connectedness", AKA distraction.
I have to be able to walk away; I don't want it in my pocket.
I will say, however, my lack of social media, namely Facebook and Instagram, increasingly leaves me out of the loop. Many people I know communicate solely through these avenues and in many cases I seem to be getting left behind. There is often an assumption that I'll somehow know what they're planning simply because it was posted.
I'm not sure when it was decided that we had to keep up with everyone, on everything, constantly. I have a hard enough time keeping my head straight in my own little world; a constant bombardment of what people are up to seems like it would be a bit of information overload for me.
I'm also a little concerned with the faux-communication these technologies seem to foster, at least with me. On the one hand, they enable us to keep in contact with people over great distances. On the other hand, this form of communication seems to warp my sense of what actual communication is. The other day my wife asked me when the last time I talked to my sister was; I responded that I emailed her two days ago….and then it occurred to me that email is not talking. There's a difference in depth and quality and I think we're beginning to forget that.
To each their own. I'm still not ready or willing to embrace this stuff beyond a certain level.
As a longtime teacher of teenagers that has seen the coming of this technology and its impact on them, I'll say one thing: We are in full swing of raising the a perpetually distracted multitasking generation.