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if a bit one-sided
One sided presumes they started with the thesis: are twitter-like things are harmful to emotional development? That would not get much funding without earlier studies to set the question up at least. By contrast, I would hazard the actual thesis was: does duration of exposure to information impact emotional response?
I kind of see Twitter as a reversion to older ways; the short, to the point messages on twitter are kind of similar to very old news paper articles, which had to be short enough to be telegraphed across countries to the paper publishers.
Twitter is so compact in its presentation of info, that it doesn't really dig into any kind of emotional imput-processing. It's just headlines
...as well as reorganizing our relationships into mutual star patterns extending from each person. Instead of interacting one on one, we place a web of information about us and let people partake of it.
If people react to "tweets" without the time for genuine emotional processing,
And changes how we learn to parse complex emotional logic
See also: #amazonfail. Even those of us watching from outside got wrapped up in it too (well, some of us did).
I've always viewed any internet-based mode of communication, in either or both directions, as just being another tool. Another resource. I could call my buddy about what he thinks the best LCD monitor is, or I could pose the question on Twitter and get a bunch of people's opinions and call my buddy.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the people that claim that social networking is destroying humanity are just the sort of people whose livelihoods depend on it pushing that agenda so they can continue to write papers without having to adapt to new modes of transmission and dissemination.
the death of the private persona: people don't feel their own interests and thoughts have any validity outside of 'sharing' them with others. The imput portion is more innocuous, I would ever-so frivolously suppose.
But reading something and thinking about it before commenting is common sense and self-control. I'm not saying I excel at these, but I do try