Infomania, Texting and Productivity: How Tech May Hamper the Connected Experience

Jan 9, 2015

Wired | Simon Dudley

There’s no question that texting and other social digital media are making inroads in business. But is texting an actual productivity enhancer as some claim it to be, or a distraction that takes away from the connected experience vital to real work?

The consumer-style texting apps vying for a toehold in business include WhatsApp, TextSecure, Wickr, Vibr and Text Me, among others. These applications often allow voice and video calling, too. In the case of Wickr and TextSecure, they also allow higher levels of privacy to ease the worries of corporate IT pros. Wickr even offers a Snapchat-like level of privacy, where texts automatically disappear after a predetermined period of time.