When Should We Take a Digital Break?

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Maybe we could all use a break—a moment out of our day to zone out, stop listening and take a mini vacation—if only in our minds.

That’s what U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) did Tuesday during the three hour meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For a few minutes, he took an electronic vacation to the gambling tables of Atlantic City, courtesy of a video poker game on his smartphone.

His little break didn't go unnoticed—a Washington Post reporter snapped a picture of the senator playing his game and posted it online.

McCain, in turn, made light of it all by tweeting the below:



Is McCain’s video poker round a sign that he needs a break? And if so, is a device the best way to get that break?

Sherry Turkle, MIT technology and society specialist, weighs in. In addition to her work with MIT, Turkle is the author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More of Technology and Less of Each Other.”