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Supernova Network Age Briefings - Disconnecting in the Network Age

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One of the defining properties of the Network Age is being connected. It's connect or bust for business, for government, for pleasure -- indeed, for survival. But being "always on" must take a toll on us. Are we dodging "meatspace" relationships by burying our noses in our smartphones? Are we burning out? Is a backlash coming? Join Supernova Hub’s Isabel Walcott Hilborn as she talks with Linda Stone (who studies the meme of "continuous partial attention") and you. When do you turn off the ringer? What about email purges? Is it ever alright to not even read what comes in? What is the best way to take a break? And why are people so sensitive about it? And forget balance, what about work? Are we coaxed by the sweet enticements of the net into distractions that keep us from focusing and being productive at our jobs? If so, how do we mediate the distractions and stay on point? Together, let's explore our attitudes about moderating our own connecedness, and consider how best to live life in the Network Age. This discussion event is part of the new Supernova NetworkAge Briefing series of weekly, open teleconferences (online salons, really), where we collectively try to define and interpret the changes occurring in the Network Age. These are high-engagement forums, where frank discussion is encouraged (and civil disagreement is embraced). If you are unable to make the event, feel free to forward this message to those who may benefit from being part of the conversation.