Our increasingly wireless world is meant to make communication quicker and easier. And so it does, but as CNN points out, this comes at the cost of further eroding the distinction between work and play.
"A huge difference for many is that we find it much more difficult to maintain barriers between work and play," said Bowker, executive director of Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society, which studies technology's impact on culture.
"ÖThe overall upside is that we can maintain a rich social and cultural life while dashing from pillar to post. The overall downside is that our spiritual development -- which requires empty time, contemplation -- is suffering enormously."