A couple of weeks ago, I had a spirited discussion on technology with my best friend. After watching me seemingly consumed with texting my high school/college-aged kids while socializing one evening, he couldn't resist poking fun at my plight. A psychologist by training, he cited studies of the untoward effects of technology multi-tasking and the pernicious impact of instant messaging on the quality of communication. He also jokingly diagnosed me with attention deficit. I defended my behavior, noting that texting and IM are by far the easiest ways to stay in touch with teens and young adults. The kids almost never respond in a meaningful time frame to a phone call, and you'd think that email went out of fashion with desktop computers. I countered by calling my friend a curmudgeonly technophobe. Humbug!
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