One of my daughters lives in a suburb of Boston. One time, while we were there for a visit, we went to a Chinese restaurant near one of the colleges. It was very popular with the Asian population since the food was prepared old world style rather than American style. Anyway, we had just been seated when an Asian family came in and were seated at a table next to us. I guess they were regulars since they didn't bother to look at the menu. However, what they were looking at were electronic devices. Both parents were on their cell phones. The children, not sure of their ages but preteen, each had a tablet and were playing games. During the meal I don't think the parents spoke a dozen words to the kids. This was at least 5 years ago and it's stayed with me and I've used this as an example of becoming so device dependent that some kids are losing the ability to communicate face to face. We live in an electronic world and it will only become more so, so kids have to learn how to survive in that type of environment. However, to me, losing the ability to talk to someone face to face, means losing a little bit of our humanity.
I'm a vet, but don't get me started on electronic war games. I'd rather see someone get lost in Candy Crush than trying to see how high a body count they can achieve. Sorry for this last bit of rant, but when you desensitize someone to something i believe that "something" will occur more often. Just IMHO