The advent of new technologies like text messaging and online social networking makes it easier to connect with friends far and wide, but at what cost? We talk with literary critic William Deresiewicz about the repercussions of hyper-connectivity and a generation that, he argues, seems unable to tolerate solitude and quiet reflection.

William Deresiewicz, contributing writer for The Nation magazine, former associate professor of English at Yale and author of the recent article, "The End of Solitude" in the Chronicle of Higher Education

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