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Digital Nation Wants You To Know You're No Good At Multitasking

Technology is an ever-present temptress, calling to us at every occasion to make a call, check a fact online, or text a long lost love. We...


Technology is an ever-present temptress, calling to us at every occasion to make a call, check a fact online, or text a long lost love. We multitask and we're good at it. Hell, my 8-year-old brother can navigate six Web pages at a time and the 13-year-old's cell phone might as well be physically sewn to his hand given the incessant texting. The constant access to the Internet and technology that most people enjoy is not news to anyone; what is of interest is the potential consequences of a society negotiating lives in both the real world and the digital one. Motherboard recently sat down with Rachel Dretzin to talk about online lives and her new documentary Digital Nation, which examines the growth of tools connecting people to the world:
The stories we found were all about how digital technology was changing what it means to be a human being. We weren't really looking at politics--which is a whole show I'd love to do one day. But that was sort of a different question from what we were asking: "how is the way we think and interact changing as a result of technology."
An interview with Dretzin and the full documentary streaming online are available over at Motherboard and they're definitely worth checking out. Just try your best to keep the Solitaire games, picture uploading, résumé writing, Twitter updates and various other activities to a minimum while watching. Perhaps try a full-screen view to quell temptation.Photo via Motherboard
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