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Leo Mirani, a reporter for Quartz in London, reviews and offers his own thoughts on Michael Harris’ “The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection.” Instead of focusing on “millennials” or “kids these days,” Harris’ book is about the people born before 1985 who know what life was like before the Internet, and must now navigate life with it. He makes observations on his own heightened anxieties, fears, and his month-long break from technology, dubbed “analog August.”

“Michael Harris…argues that ‘technology is neither good nor evil. The most we can say about it is this: It has come.'”