On the upside, I notice that the variable trustworthiness of the Net has made people more sceptical about the information they get from all other media. Brains are also adept at adapting to sensorimotor interfaces. Continuous exposure to millions of people personally reacting to crisis after crisis on Twitter leaves many of us feeling sad, angry and hopeless.
No problem staying in touch anymore. Every inquiry is to be answered right away, and every fact or idea is only as fresh as the time it takes to refresh a page. I would much rather be having this conversation via a phone survey than sitting and typing at my computer.
The site asks users to report posts or messages that ask them to inappropriately share personal information or send money. But with that knowledge comes a highly addictive and hidden reward system that probably leads me to overestimate the positive impact of computers on my life. On the positive side, it could be amazingly hard to get basic info before the Web showed up.
This has long-term health impacts. Our entire relationship is, therefore, searchable.