We need a social media with heart that gives us time to think by Will Hutton

On average, we check our smartphones 200 times a day – for emails, alerts, tweets or text messages. That’s before using any one of our phone’s multiple applications. It is a degree of connectivity to one another, and the world beyond, that is unparalleled. And it’s difficult to imagine life without it – to be so connected is to have access to instant knowledge, instant exchange, instant laughter and anger.The darker side is where this connectivity is taking understanding and the very structure of the way we think. It’s not obvious that the good outweighs the bad. Instantaneity is the new god – instantaneity of presence, of communication and response. I know one highly paid CEO who will reply promptly to an email, although he must receive hundreds in any single hour.

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