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Are We Losing Our Minds Minding Our Business…or is it Just Me?

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I suddenly feel validated. In a thought-provoking NYT book review entitled, “When You Text Till You Drop,” Bryan Burrough synopsizes California psychologist, Larry Rosen, Ph.D.’s thoughts on how our overzealous, somewhat obsessive need to be constantly connected via devices and social media avenues may, in fact, be making some of us mentally ill — in short, driving us crazy—literally and figuratively.

In his new book, iDisorder, Rosen takes a hard look at ourselves today, as well as one into the future — how our kids might be interacting (or not, as the case may be,) and how anxious, depressed or otherwise obsessive our personal gadgets may be making us. No surprise to me. How about to you? Continue reading…

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Do Social Networks Really Foster New Relationships?

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Carly here, and before I delve into this topic, I need to get one relevant bit of info out there: I’m going on 26. Given that, it’s likely that many of you readers will feel differently about this topic than I do. I’m hoping that Jane will post her take on this later, and that we’ll also expand this topic into the business environment down the road.

When analyzing the development of relationships of any kind, I think it’s important to strip away the vehicle of communication—whether it’s a social networking site, a friend’s party, a school, a work environment, etc.—and focus on the core quality of the communication. Ultimately, that is what determines the quality of a relationship. With that said, my simple answer to the above question is YES, social networks can be a very effective vehicle for fostering new relationships. Read on for some examples from my life.

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