At Psychology Today, Steve Baskin agonizes over “What hath Zuckerberg wrought”? A nugget:
. . . learning how to connect with other humans requires experience with the multitudinous aspects of non-verbal communication. Communicating well is actually an acquired skill that requires practice.
Tweeting, texting and emailing do not provide such practice. Not only are they devoid of the tone and body language necessary for clear communication, but they also lead (I fear) to the pruning of these skills.
As my two or three regular readers know, I am not a fan of Facebook or Twitter. They turn their users into commodities for sale to marketers, while propagating useless idiocy with the same ease with which they propagate useful idiocy–er, information.
Nevertheless, I cannot shake the feeling that, 600 years ago, Baskin would have been agonizing over “What hath Gutenberg wrought.”