Hi Bobbie, I agree with everything in your post.
We're becoming less human and more disconnected from nature, our immediate surroundings, and even ourselves. One thing that really strikes me is how humans don't even know how to sit alone in silence anymore. There just has to be some kind of a distraction, whether it's listening to music or checking the notifications on your dumb-phone. Solitude and self-reflection doesn't seem to matter to people anymore. As for how we engage with other human beings, I think the title of Sherry Turkle's book sums up the state of the world today -- we're all 'Alone Together'.
I've had a huge interest in technology for years, so this topic touches a nerve with me and I have a lot to say about it. There are two important aspects of this topic that most people tend to overlook.
1) We always focus more on what technology can allegedly 'do' for us, and not enough on what it takes away from us. The author and communications theorist Neil Postman wrote extensively about technology being a 'faustian bargain'. The trans-humanists. and people in tech circles almost exclusively focus on the alleged 'gains' that result from new technologies, but never on the losses. It's the type of thinking that has led to the technocratic feudalism that rules the world today -- corporatism, big pharma and the banking system are all a part of this.
2) I really hate the simplistic viewpoint held by some people that "technology is neutral, it's just about how you use it" variety. This view is complete and utter nonsense. New technologies themselves alter the very fabric of everything -- whether it's politics, freedom, discourse, media, language production methods,, or what it even means to be a human being. The fact is, ordinary citizens increasingly have no control or say over how technologies are developed, used and applied because everything is centralized. This point is so important, that you can't state it often enough.
There are a number of books that really go into detail about how technological systems to a large extent end up having a life and logic all of their own. The most important book ever written on this subject is 'The Technological Society' by Jaques Ellul:
His work is not an easy read, but he really does an incredible job of explaining how political and technical systems tend to steamroller and alter the entire fabric of existence, something akin to an Hegelian 'Geist'.
There is a book that was published recently by the Russian writer and blogger Dmitry Orlov, called 'Shrinking the Technosphere'. I haven't finished reading it yet, but I can highly recommend it because it tries to address some of the issues Bobbie writes about in her post, and it tries to offer solutions to age old problems that are getting worse and worse, day by day.