Surveys show that the average American receives some 5,000 external stimuli per day and spends more than eight hours a day in front of screens — television, computer monitors, cellphones, gaming consoles, and so on.
Where in earlier ages people worked in their gardens, played an instrument, went fishing, read books, entertained guests, or engaged in conversation with family or friends, they have become passive and speechless consumers of canned content. These screens help produce a people that is losing its language.
But more importantly, these people no longer see structures in their world but rather a bewildering juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated events.
Vicarious living and proxy experiences are the deeper problem with our students’ loss of language.