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Rise of the machines

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 27 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5777

Rx for Technology

Today's world is a virtual reality that has been morphed, warped, and dwarfed by technology. We live in a world dominated by TV, radio, movies, internet, and cell phones. All of this technology is a mixed blessing: it connects us with others, but it disconnects us from ourselves. In order to reconnect with ourselves, we must "disumbilicate" ourselves from technology, by spending at least one hour a day in solitude, silence, and inner reflection. Let's rediscover the soothing nature of aloneness, which allows us to commune with ourselves.

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 October 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA