Lady Kate wrote:This is a tragic story, but in smaller degrees, I think many of us are guilty of similar activities. Friends and family neglected, and often lost to the allure of the computer and all it can provide.
While you make some valid points, I don't think you can truly compare something like neglecting the dishes with letting a child starve to death.
The one represents a relatively common norm of human behaviour, and the other speaks to a gross extreme.
This is like suggesting that somebody who picks arguments in a relationship is no different from the person who ends up in jail because they've murdered their spouse.
I generally agree with Des, it has become tiring to see cases like this sensationalised by people with an axe to grind. In the past, their fore-bearers likely railed against the evils of television and various other "new-fangled creations of the devil." Most advances in technology have the potential to impact the world in both positive and negative ways.
Des says it well:
If these people cannot even manage their own lives and responsibilities properly, it is their own fault and not anyone else.
Had the internet not been available, chances are this couple would have found some other means to escape their responsibilities.
How many of us really don't care where we live or what we live in as long as we have an INTERNET connection? (Alright, that might be me... )
Now that I can certainly identify with...
I have moved around a lot in my life (and this doesn't look to be changing any time soon), so, paradoxically, the internet feels a lot more stable than my RL location in some respects.
Also, I live in a fairly red-necked area (though about half an hour's drive from a civilised city), and I'm much happier chatting with my online friends than socialising with the people who live around me.