In Manchester, England, a man was accused of killing his neighbor after a miscommunication triggered by the auto correct spelling feature on the man’s cell phone. It sounds crazy.
It all started when the defendant, 33-year Neil Brook claims he was texting his friend Josef Witkowski. Brook says the auto correct on his cell phone changed the word “mutter” (a mild insult) to “nutter” (apparently a much worse insult). Prosecutors say that triggered a flurry of increasingly abusing texts between the 2 men that eventually led to a deadly confrontation.
Brook allegedly attacked Witkowski with a kitchen knife, stabbing him repeatedly.
The Bolton News says the victim had 104 injuries including cuts, stab wounds, bruises and slice marks on his hands, with the fatal blow piercing his heart.
What is happening to us? While this may be an extreme, it’s not an isolated incident. So many people I know, kids and adults, run into relationship problems because we cannot navigate our way through technology. People have gotten lazy with relationships. We struggle with trust because we’re now used to constant communication instead of waiting on a response and trusting the person with whom we communicate. We cannot read non-verbal cues, or syntax, or tone in a text. On Facebook, you can be anyone you want to be—you can appear how you want to appear by posting photos and comments that may or may not be accurate.
It’s just a thought, but I’m committing myself to insure my cell phone and computer are a “tool” not an appendage to my body. Once in a while, I “fast” from technology and totally unplug. If you feel you’re addicted to it—I suggest you consider doing it too.