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The Boston Globe


Missed connections in our digital lives

As screens and gadgets increasingly claim our eyes and time, shared family experience is feeling the squeeze

First in a series of occasional articles on life in a screen-saturated society

BILLERICA - At 5 o’clock on a weekday morning, the alarm sounds on Nicki Laffey’s cellphone, cradled beside her pillow. Before getting ready for school, the 16-year-old checks for any text messages that came in while she was asleep.

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