Wonderful ideas on both the deconnect and the ramping up and appreciation of technology. During a Mexico yoga/health retreat, my father suddenly failed. Though phone connections were weak, I could send a picture of me waving and smiling thumbs up to my dad through my sister in the hospital room, and could talk to him for a few short minutes on the same iphone. But another friend just spent time in another country to celebrate a milestone birthday with his three brothers and was saddened they spent more time checking their devices - another way to fill the gaps that still remain. Maybe that's what we want most of all - to fill our gaps with something meaningful. Personally, I'm in the season of 'Advent' - preparing for the miracle of Christmas - and I"m not doing that very well online.