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The media is full of scare stories about how Twitter and other new technologies are shrinking our attention spans. But there could be hidden benefits to our busy, distracted lives

By John Naish   December 2009

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Kerry McCarthy MP is Labour’s Twitter tsar, with the job of pushing 140-character messages towards busy internet users. But her own life, it seems, is too frantic for much more than even this tiny task. “While I might be able to summon up the energy to tweet of an evening, composing a blog post is somewhat beyond me,” she confesses. And if our newspapers are to be believed, McCarthy is hardly alone.

In the popular imagination, ours is a generation unable to focus, encircled…

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