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As we look to the behavioral impacts of the communications
technologies, the question arises as to general areas of inquiry. Are
there impacts that tend to transcend individual technologies and
reflect changes in our attitudes and behaviors in communication?
Examples of such loci of impact are described, including: attitudes,
perception of time and space, connectivity, mobility, increased choice,
and socialization. These are intended to illustrate the concept of
generalized impacts rather than to be an exclusive list. Moreover, they
carry strong implications regarding the direction of needed research
into the new technologies, research that of necessity will be markedly
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