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Why social media may be really bad for you

Thanks to the digital onslaught and our smartphones, humans now have attention spans worse than that of a goldfish

"Passive entertainment like YouTube promotes more shallow, superficial thinking." - Assistant Professor Daniel He of the Department of Marketing at NUS Business School.

LAST Christmas, I sent a loving, warm-the-cockles-of-your-heart WhatsApp message to my niece in Germany on the birth of her first baby; another equally schmaltzy note over Facebook to a cousin in Toronto whom I had just re-connected with; and an effusive email missive to my Hatha Yoga guru in...