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May 06, 2009

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Jerrie Hurd

Managing time with all the e-mail and social media is a problem for anyone and everyone who is trying to maintain an on-line presence. Can eat you up--timewise.

Shari Phiel

I'm just wondering how much micro-blogging and social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace are contributing to ADD. I don't have ADD, but even I have found myself flitting from tweet to tweet, snurl to snurl. Yet I'm constantly battling with my editor at the newspaper where I work - she wants to shorten articles and I want them longer - because I worry that by shortening news stories from an average of 800 words to 500 and now 300 words, we're just feeding into a culture of ever diminishing attention spans. I could google research on ADD and the Internet, but I would probably get distracted by some viral video on YouTube.

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