This excellent spoken word poem by writer of words and filmer of things, Alex Sparks, speaks to this idea that our connection to other humans face-to-face, a trait that makes our lives truly authentic, is eroding because of tech's pervasiveness in our minds and culture as Americans:
"We are all both the first born
and a biggest regret.
We make all
of our own mistakes
and I would not ask you to carry your nation's dead;
only your own.
We have forgotten how to live
without pictures to prove it; Life
only happens when it gets tweeted;
People are dying 140 characters at a time
and we filter everything like it's 1975.
Tag me patriotic
sounds a lot like growing up. "