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How Do You Communicate in the Digital Age? (video)

Eighty percent of Americans use the Internet; cell phone usage is higher. But what do we do with our cell phones? More and more we text rather than talk.

Teenagers average 50 text messages a day. But texting is one way of communicating. We get our message out but we donít have to deal with the other person, as in a conversation. Does this make us less able to handle give and take? Does this help to explain the political polarization that we see this year?

What do you think?

Photo credit: Ken Banks

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1:30PM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Social graces have left most people.

3:32AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

nice video...

3:08AM PST on Dec 2, 2010

Facebook is ridiculous

3:07AM PST on Dec 2, 2010

agree

11:14PM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

Facebook is the most idiotic wwaste of your money that has yet been invented. Not only is it a awaste of money it is a huge waste of time. There are so many law suits that start at Facebook and the "other one"(Craigslist) that I am surprised both have not been closed down.

8:33PM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

I use email more than my cellphone, and I only sent one text so far. I wanted to see if it would work.

11:13PM PDT on Oct 24, 2010

Lots of time. How ever by face to face do you mean with a live person or do you mean chatting on ICQ or which both people are viewing each other?

8:58PM PDT on Oct 24, 2010

Thanks but does anyone talk face to face anymore???

3:10PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

I have been using the Internet for about 30 years and barely use a cell phone. I have one but forget it at home most of the time. I have never text'd anyone and maybe 2 times did I ever get a text message and really do not know how to display it on my phone. I have to call someone (usually the person who sent me the message to figure out how to look at it). Cell phones to me are made to defy logic and the people who created the progamming should be sent back to programming 101. Cell phones are not consistent and trying to find something simple is so difficult I wait to ask a friend to show me how to find a function or how to use a function.

I got a cell phone for one purpose only if I am on the road and need a phone for an emergency ONLY. I have triple A programmed in (by a friend as I cannot figure it out) so my number of people I call is limited to say 10 and 5 of those have only been used once.

8:47AM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

I try to keep my communications at a minimum no matter what the method.

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