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June 10, 2009

Do you suffer from 'Internet fatigue?'

Posted: 11:55 AM ET

Pretty much every time I write a post about Twitter or Facebook, a good chunk of you lash out in the comments with some healthy criticism. You say there's too much information out there. Or that online social networks are ruining our society. Or you say the constrant stream of online blather is getting on your nerves.

Well, Luddites of the world, this post is for you.

I chatted recently with a researcher from the Pew Internet and American Life Project about people who suffer from 'Internet fatigue.' John Horrigan says there's a whole segment of the Internet-savvy population that lives online but kind of resents how connected they've become.

Take Horrigan's quiz to find out what kind of tech user you are. And check out the full Pew report.

In the podcast below, Horrigan and I talk about how he sometimes wishes his cell phone would stop ringing. And he offers some tips for keeping your online connections at a comfortable level.

I took the quiz and came out as a "digital collaborator," which basically is a person who get some creative satisfaction from making and sharing things online. True enough, since I do work at a Web site, and enjoy sharing photos and building sites in my free time.

I do realize the irony of writing about tech fatigue by ADDING more information to the Internet. Hopefully you'll cut me some slack and let me know what you think in the comments. What kind of tech user are you?

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