The Downside of Smartphones, Tablets, and Computers

New media provides a convenient excuse for distractions

Chad A. Krueger, MD

The Internet and mobile devices have made accessing useful information easy and have exponentially increased our efficiency in locating, reading, and disseminating quality information, such as journal articles. Can you imagine going to a medical library and looking up a past issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery—American using an index, a card catalogue, and a step stool to reach the journal on the top shelf? I can’t.

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