Texting Has Made Us Less Trusting, More Selfish

Virtual distance is a psychological and emotional sense of detachment that accumulates little by little, at the subconscious or unconscious level, as people trade off time interacting with each other for time spent "screen skating" (swiping, swishing, pinching, tapping and so on). It is also a measurable phenomenon and can cause some surprising effects. For example, when virtual distance is relatively high, people become distrustful of one another. One result: they keep their ideas to themselves instead of sharing them with others in the workplace - a critical exchange that's necessary for taking risks needed for innovation, collaboration and learning.

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