Information Overload

In this age of constant connection by various electronic means, the demands on our attention are exponentially increased. The ease with which people may communicate via such means as email and instant messaging come with trade-offs. The fact that email and instant messaging are still relatively new to mainstream culture means that people are still learning how to make the most effective and considerate use of these tools. Remember how long it took for people to adapt to using telephone answering machines? The ease of duplicating, altering, and forwarding messages mean that often, not as much care is put into the composition of and choice to send a message as was the case when letters all had to be written on paper (and presumably thought through) and sent through the post.

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Last modified: 15 December 1999
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