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"WHEN I CHECKED my Gmail inbox, I was shocked," writes Pam Pastor, author of Dazed and Confused. "I had about five pages' worth of Facebook notifications. Swimming in so many emails from the social networking site, I missed a few important messages. My lame response to agitated email writers? 'Umm, I'm sorry, it was buried in Facebook crap.'"
Is it time to get off the grid and smash your iPhone to bits? Time to declare email bankruptcy, delete those 1,000 unread messages, issue a public mea culpa, and start over? With an ever-increasing chorus of "overload," this social media stuff must be irretrievably broken, right?
Maybe not. …