Is technology taking over your personal life? Join the club. A new study from the University of Michigan shows that most people communicate over social networks or email about as often as they speak face-to-face.
The average person has about 75 face-to-face conversations a month, compared to 74 electronic interactions on Facebook, Twitter, email and Skype. The downside is you’re more likely to be misunderstood when relying solely on electronic communication. When you communicate offline, you benefit from reading a person’s face and better understand their moods and behaviors.
Women’s Health recommends allocating two or more hours per week for human interaction to keep technology from running your life.