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Don't Ignore Me!
While communication technologies like instant messages, blogs and text messaging might be revolutionary in the way we keep in contact with online friends and acquaintances, they can also lead to strain in our every day relationships. Naomi Baron, a researcher from American University, points out that before cell phones and caller ID, if you wanted to ignore someone’s phone call, your only option was to rudely hang up on them. Now we can screen calls, block friends online or follow their Twitter account and avoid them completely. While this may be convenient, it can also lead to situations where conflicts can build up over time.
Another setback to communication technology is our growing reliance on hand-held devices. If you’re trying to improve a relationship with someone and you’re constantly checking your iPhone or Blackberry, they can start to feel like a third wheel. It’s hard to put down that Blackberry, but whatever you do, don’t bring it in to bed with you. Also, talk to your partner about scheduling some unplugged time. [Sciencedaily.com]