Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Does the Internet Make You More — Or Less — Connected?

A great article from NPR, which pretty closely mirrors my own thoughts on the matter...

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The Internet has had a dual effect on the level of connectedness I feel with the people I know in my offline life. On one hand, the basic communication tools now available make distance almost a non-issue. My conversation with Mordy that led to this post took place over instant messenger where we communicate nearly every day – far more often than we ever did before the Internet, even though back then, we were only separated by a few blocks, not a few thousand miles.

On the other hand, when I am actually with my friends and family, I find myself (and increasingly, my companions) distracted by a smartphone that's either the object of my gaze or being fingered in my front pocket....

The only time I really experience any self-reflection these days is when my computer sleeps and my screen goes dark.....

That's the Internet's reverse placebo effect: you feel as though you were missing something important before you signed up for the latest service. It's a drug for an ailment you never had...




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