This is a 3 minute TED Talk by Renny Gleeson about an emergent ‘culture of availability’ – a culture that doesn’t just allow or enable always-on connectivity, it expects it. The more connected we CAN be, the higher the obligation/expectation to reciprocate when someone seeks to connect with us.
Consider the “acceptable lag” between receiving a voicemail and returning a call, receiving an email and replying, receiving a text message and replying or receiving a direct tweet and replying.
With all this connection comes the danger that in our mad rush to be everywhere, we end up nowhere. That the technology we use to connect, actually separates and isolates.
(Note: There are a couple of instances of possibly inappropriate language.)