Common wisdom tells small-business owners that technology saves them time and improves their life. This is because new devices and processes help us produce more in less time. Or do they?
Now that people are on their mobile devices even while interacting with others, the smartphone has become man's new best friend. That has created a societal state that Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT, has described as "alone together." She writes in The New York Times that "we live in a world where we are always communicating and yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection."
Most business owners can relate. Using social media tools like Twitter and Facebook is an "alone together" pursuit. It's easy to get caught up in social media for your business, when 30 minutes later, all that was accomplished was having a conversation with an old high school classmate or looking through a friend's vacation pictures.
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