I was chosen by curator Chris Anderson to deliver a short talk during TED2009 on the coping strategies we've developed to deal with how "available" technology has enabled us to become.
I talk about an emergent 'culture of availability' - a culture that doesn't just allow or enable always-on connectivity, it expects it. The more connected we CAN be, I argue, the higher the obligation/expectation to reciprocate when someone seeks to connect with us.
Consider the "acceptable lag" between receiving a voicemail and returning a call, receiving an email and replying, receiving a text message and replying or receiving a direct tweet and replying.
With all this connection comes the danger that in our mad rush to be everywhere, we end up nowhere. That the technology we use to connect, actually separates and isolates.
I've been meaning to post that presentation and the commentary behind it, but TED.com beat me to the punch and put the talk up today. Here it is:
BTW - here's a pic of the TED theater, when I came in the day before for a soundcheck and left with my innards frozen in icy terror.