An underlying principle in both the book “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury and the article “How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation” is the dystopian idea of technological control and how it hurts one’s relationships and community as a whole. In the novel, Guy Montag reflects on how TV is creating “a wall between him and Mildred” (41). This technology strains their relationship enough “that if she [Mildred] died, he [Guy] was certain he wouldn’t cry” (41). Mildred’s addiction to television and the control it exerts over her life has obviously become a problem if her own husband would not cry if she died. Technology’s hold on Mildred is so strong that it consumes her mind and prevents her from having meaningful conversation which, in turn, hurts her relationship with Guy. Excessive use of technology can cause a person to become isolated from the people and world around them. They don’t have a reason or way to improve their communities so they just accept the flaws. The article, “How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation” explains how technology’s addictiveness is serving as a barrier to “deeper” conversations and reducing feelings of “empathetic connection” in one’s communications. A person’s constant desire to look at their technology hurts their ability to interact with those around them because they lose their capability to have meaningful conversation. This puts a strain on their relationships with those around them because it inhibits the formation of strong bonds between them based on shared feelings and experiences. The isolation caused by technological control is causing society to become a grouping of individuals rather than a grouping of cohesive communities. People are unable to form connections with others and this leads to a society where people are alienated, less capable of teamwork because of poor communication skills, and more focused on “me” rather “we”.