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Letter to the editor: Get off your device & get into the mall

September 5, 2018

With the rising wave of online shopping, a way of life is in jeopardy. We are losing what was once a great family/friends activity: Spending a day at the mall or plaza to shop, have lunch and enjoy each others’ company.

I have fond memories of meeting my family and friends at the mall and running into neighbors and other relatives. It is a great way to get out of the house, a place for all ages in any weather, anytime. It has something for everyone.

I do buy things online that I cannot locate locally, but getting out and walking the mall or shopping plaza is a healthy activity. Let’s face it: You do not get greetings, kisses and hugs from friends and relatives over impersonal electronic devices.

I watch in sadness as younger folks are glued to their devices not noticing what is going on around them. They sit there like stones staring at tiny screens. They are missing human interaction and the art of conversation. They are losing precious time with friends and relatives. This is not a good thing. Technology should work for us, not control us.

Control your devices. Shut them off several hours each day and smell the roses. Meet your loved ones and give them a hug.

Karen Craig

Unity