The reference to the Transcendentalists in the above post is, indeed, germane. For, the individual is losing not only solitude, but much of his/her humanity in the advancing supremacy of technology.
As students cross a college campus, their heads are bent, eyes focused solely upon their phones, fingers working frantically to scroll through their messages, send messages, etc.
During the absolutely resplendent Spring in the South, for instance, there are so many beautiful blooms upon dogwoods, redbud trees, forsythia bushes, azaleas, petunias, and other flowers, as well as the fresh green of the lawns, yet all this glory of Nature is missed by the phone user who plods through text messages instead. In their efforts to maintain communication with their friends and family, they have sacrificed the delight and restorative power of communication with Nature which would do much more for them to relieve the stresses of their studies than any machine.
At times, it seems as though people's essence is only in the phone or computer where they sometimes recreate themselves by exhibiting more bravado, etc. than they would vis-a-vis. And, herein lies the question of ethics and morality. For, no inanimate object can be bad or good; as Hamlet remarks, "only thinking makes it so." The phone may, perhaps, afford the bully or the immoral person an expeditious medium for his/her evil intents. And, the cover of one-dimension rather than the three-dimensions of reality, makes their evil easier for them.
O brave new world that has such people in it! (The Tempest)