Introduction: Offline

If this book caught your attention, then you're already concerned about the effect digital devices are having on your life. You've read about younger people who have thousands of friends on Facebook but no real-life social skills. You've got a good sense that distraction is not good and that you can waste a lot of time reacting to notifications, unnecessary texts, and selfies your cousin blasts you from Ibiza. You can now order your coffee with an app, thus saving you at least 45 seconds of interaction with a human intermediary. But what have we really gained?

You don't have to be a psychologist to see that smartphones and tablets are changing the way we act and interact with each other, and not necessarily in a good way. ...

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