The texting dead

What are the consequences of being constantly connected? Tweets, texts, e-mails, Facebook, and other means of social messaging are taking more of people’s time these days. How does this affect the quality of our relationships?

And how does it impact our ability to concentrate, focus, be creative, have “aha” moments, and deal effectively with emergencies when we are overloaded with information? These are the questions being raised in books like “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.”

Author Nicholas Carr writes, “Our efforts to keep up with the latest tweet or update do not connect us to the present moment, but insures that we are remaining focused on what just happened. We guide ourselves and our engines as if we are steering our car by watching a slide show in the rear mirror.”

The New York Post, 3/31/2013

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