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Hello and welcome to my website. I am a British-born, naturalized American, living in California. Based in Los Angeles, I work as a correspondent for BBC television, radio and digital outlets, covering everything from US politics and world affairs to technology, natural disasters and Hollywood. I also host the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast. My special interest is the science of human longevity - food, fasting, exercise and long-term health. All views expressed reflect my personal experiences. I advise anyone considering adopting a new diet or fitness regime to first consult with their doctor. Links on this site are to my personal portfolio of audio, video and text. Copyright of broadcast works remain with the BBC and LLAMA podcast content with Healthspan Media LLC. Thanks for the visit!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Twitter - reason to celebrate?

I was interviewed the other day about my work as a reporter and was asked how technology had changed since I started. I explained that in 1984, we did not have Twitter, Google, computers or mobile phones. If we were lucky we sat at a desk with a typewriter that worked. The phones arrived a couple of years later - the size of car batteries.

On the 5th anniversary of Twitter it all feels like a lifetime away. But are we better off now?

Not according to a fascinating CNBC documentary, Crackberry’d: The Truth About Information Overload:

"The more we're connected to technology and information overload the more you start to live virtually. But there's a risk with that in that you might be virtually living" - Kevin Michaluk, Crackberry.com

I'm as guilty - if that's the right word - as anyone. But while I think he's right, to a point, we are much better off now.

Just switch it off and go for a run.

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