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October 4, 2016

Americas: How to Detox Your Event’s Attention Junkies

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Attention is a drug, as my brilliant friend once said. It’s always been a particularly potent one, but today’s social media quick-hit shares, comments, likes, and messages have sparked an outright epidemic of attention-craving that borders on addiction. Case in point: The landslide of oversharing of every intimate, sometimes tragic, often graphic detail with Facebook “friends”—whether you actually know these people or not.

cartoon man with megaphoneAnd now that same kind of “gotta get it online” addiction is spilling over into the world of conferences and events. Meeting room walls are plastered with hashtags, Instagram handles, Twitter birds, big ol’ Facebook thumbs-up icons, and selfie promotion stations.

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