November 15, 2014
Giles Slade discusses some of the issues raised in his book The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness.
Why do millions upon millions of people in the modern world feel that isolation and loneliness are major sources of unhappiness? Tablets, smart phones, and social networks all promise better opportunities to connect and stay connected. Yet what they really do is replace face-to-face interactions and disguise our growing inability to trust others. Have we arrived at a new kind of consciousness in which electronic interfaces receive most of our attention to the detriment of real interpersonal communication and empathy? The Big Disconnect offers a bracing look at a world where intimacy with machines is increasingly replacing intimacy with other human beings.
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