Attention & Social Interaction

Why face-to-face contact matters in our digital age
Susan Pinker
The Guardian – March 20, 2015
In villages in Sardinia, 10 times as many men live past 100 than the average. Why? A key reason is that they are not lonely. Psychologist Susan Pinker on the importance of face-to-face contact in our era of disbanded families and virtual connections.

How It Became Normal to Ignore Texts and Emails
Julie Beck
The Atlantic – January 11, 2018
Digital messages mimic the speed of real conversation, but often what people like best is the ability to put them off. …As these things become normal, it creates an environment where we are only comfortable asking for slivers of people’s distracted time, lest they ever obligate us to give them our full and undivided attention.