The overuse of email as an alternative to a call creates emotional distance. In advertising, it is said that the medium is the message. In this case, the medium is email and the message is "I don't actually want to talk to you."
Absent the force of the human imagination and its powers of expression, our machines cannot accelerate the hope of political and social change, which stems from language that induces a change of heart.
I'm the first to admit that I'm little addicted to Facebook. I've also joked that I'm dating my Mac, judging by the amount of time I spend with it. But I wonder if this constant availability is really helping us when it comes to dating.
Marriage counselors in the U.S. are hearing more and more couples complain that their significant other is more distracted, distant, or completely uncommunicative thanks to those glowing hand-held devices.