Widespread use of smart phone and social media has changed in no small measure our way of communication, of shopping and of learning.
We used to be vocal about the benefits that new technologies brought : they will lead to unprecedented job growth, support the economy and improve the quality of our lives.
But it’s hard to ignore the growing public apathy in chatting with our friends in person.
Regardless of the enormous amount of photos shared on Wechat or Face book, modern city dwellers grow detached from their immediate surroundings and fail to realize that codes and digits can never provide the human touch that we yearn for.
5.vocal 发声，表达 (传说中的打call)
1. vocal about the merits of sth./vocal about the benefits that sth. brings
Psychologists have long been vocal about the merits of the optimistic attitude.
2. sb. paint sth. as playing a leading role ...
Many experts paint reading as playing a leading role in achieving great personal success.
3. but it’s hard to ignore/turn a blind eye to…
But it’s hard to turn a blind eye to the growing problems of school-weariness among students, who are fed up with test-oriented learning and drop out as soon as they have the chance.
4. Regardless of…
Regardless of the great wealth amassed by elites, the hundreds of millions of people living in the countryside still struggle to get formal education for their children.
Nor, if regularity and conformity to a standard pattern are as desirable to the scientist as the writing of his papers would appear to reflect, is management to be blamed for discriminating against the "odd balls" among researchers in favor of more conventional thinkers who work well with the team.