Today’s WSJ confirms a key fact of digital life: amidst all the Twitter chatter, we’re not really saying very much. What our friends had for lunch is generally not of much interest to people with very busy lives.
The same social technologies that help us discover old, lost friends can dim the halo of the ones we’ve enjoyed for the last decade. As humans put less energy into cultivating one-on-one relationships, the value of digital ones seems to be dropping.
Also, ‘doing nothin’ is a consciousness-interrupter in a week where new research says that we are NOT experts at multi-tasking, no matter what we say. Our brains effectively deal with important concepts, one at a time.