August 11, 2009
How the web 2.0 is impacting homelife
This article from Sunday's New York Times may strike a responsive cord with many of you - it certainly did with me - in terms of how much of our daily rituals have been forever altered by social networking technology.
'It used to be you woke up, went to the bathroom, maybe brushed your teeth and picked up the newspaper,' said Naomi S. Baron, a professor of linguistics at American University, who has written about technology’s push into everyday life. 'But what we do first now has changed dramatically. I’ll be the first to admit: the first thing I do is check my e-mail.'
While people used to wait until they got to work to log on, checking email first thing in the morning has now become such a routine part of every American's daily ritual that those who track such things have noticed a nationwide spike in web traffic around 6 to 7 a.m. And the lure of checking email first thing in the morning wreaks havoc with an already too busy schedule. But at least I now know that I'm not the only one who's gone from almost always being on time for all my appointments to someone who is almost always late for everything.
You can read the rest of the NYT's story here.
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