Friday, May 18, 2012

Are We Addicted to Facebook? It's Complicated. - NYTimes.com

Excerpt from a timely Facebook reality check

““Everything we do rewires our brains, but Facebook is having a very strong impact on our society and social fabric,” he said.

He explains his work in his new book, “iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us,” in which he concludes that Facebook is “both good and bad for us.”

For example, Facebook is efficient at dispensing virtual empathy — the good feelings that people get when all their friends wish them happy birthday through the service — as well as teaching people how to be more compassionate and share those feelings offline.”

Are We Addicted to Facebook? It's Complicated. - NYTimes.com

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