How Does Technology Affect Friendships?

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    Technology Blamed for Less Free Time
    by By Derek Abma, Postmedia News October 29, 2010

    I f you can spare a moment, consider this: Canadians say demands on their time have grown in recent years, and experts are putting much of the blame on recent technological trends such as smartphones and social networks. Results of a Harris/ Decima poll, commissioned by Scotiabank and released Thursday, says 57 per cent of Canadians find their schedules busier than they were five years ago.

    Those who study such matters say much of this is the result of more time devoted to technology such as BlackBerrys, iPhones, and online social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

    While a lot of this activity comes directly from demands of one’s employer, Toronto-based life coach Joshua Zuchter said much of it is also a matter of personal choice.

    “We’ve actually, to a degree, become addicted to communicating instead of taking pauses or rests or reflection time,” he said. “So even when people actually want to take breaks, when they start to even contemplate it, it becomes uncomfortable because they’re so used to revving at a high speed.”

    More than 60 per cent of survey respondents said they would be “much better off” with an extra hour of free time each day. Commenting on this, Zuchter said: “I truly believe that if they had an extra hour, they would use that to do even more texting.”

    Randall Craig, a Toronto-based author and consultant on work-life balance issues, also talked about how newer technology has added to people’s time pressures.

    “There’s a lot of people who check their BlackBerry before they go to bed,” he said. “They check it before they go into the office first thing in the morning. They take it with them on vacation.”

    Whereas reading the newspaper was more common a generation ago, Craig said people these days, people are more likely to be on the Internet, not only receiving content, but also contributing to it.

    “Engagement takes time, and that time’s got to come from somewhere,” he said.

    The survey showed young adults feel the most time pressures with 74 per cent of respondents aged 25 to 34 saying their time commitments have risen in the last five years, and 78 per cent of those between 35 and 44 answering this way.

    © Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

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    Friends Can Share Facebook Memories
    by Agence France-Presse October 29, 2010

    Facebook on Thursday launched Friendship Pages where online friends can stroll down virtual memory lanes that chronicle what they have shared on the world’s top online social networking service.

    The pages contain public comments and “Wall” posts between pairs of Facebook friends; pictures in which both are identified; events they indicated they would attend together, and other joint activities memorialized at the service.

    “When it’s between two people who share a lot, the page really starts to reflect their friendship,” Facebook software engineer Wayne Kao wrote in a blog post announcing the feature.

    “The best part is the human side of these pages,” he continued.

    “They can bring back memories, conversations and times spent together.”

    Others will only be able to view the nostalgia pages with the permission of those featured, according to Kao.

    © Copyright (c) AFP

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