Exploring the world of social media through the lens of political research.

I’ve been a smartphone owner for two days, and it still feels a bit strange to carry around a miniature laptop everywhere I go. 

The Droid X2 is fast, powerful, and pretty awesome — I’m glad that I chose it over the perhaps more aesthetically-pleasing iPhone. But the questions that I posed to myself the night before trekking to the Verizon store still remain heavy for me, even after I forked over my credit card and signed up for an all-you-can-eat data plan.

I love that I can connect to anyone and anything no matter where I am — but I wonder if it will change (for the worse) my connections with the people that I interact with face-to-face on a daily basis. Will I develop the incessant need to check my phone every 2 minutes? 

Part of me misses the simplicity of simply texting and calling — now I can use Google Talk, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr all from my phone (which, by the way, usually sits next to me at my desktop computers, both at home and work). 

It all seems a bit unnecessary, to be honest. But in a lot of ways, I’m glad that I made the jump. 

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