Regarding “Big Tech says constant connection will foster empathy. It won’t” (Open Forum, SFChronicle.com, Oct. 22): I live in a close-knit neighborhood behind a middle school in San Leandro. Often on evenings and weekends, I would hear and see children out riding bikes and scooters, swinging on a sidewalk tree swing or racing radio-controlled cars. Their dads always supervised their play and even created a large sign with flags that read, SLOW DOWN, KIDS @ PLAY.
Then something suddenly changed. I no longer heard the excited voices of children at play nor did I hear the dad alerts of “car coming, car coming.” The street was eerily quiet.