Technology is Making Us (Anti-)Social

Thom Stark was one of several who shared this on Facebook. In addition to the irony of the phrase, which applies as well to newspapers as it does to smartphones and other electrinic devices, there is the fact that the things the passengers are holding connect them to news and information about and from a wider world. How is that anti-social? I am sure I am not the only one who is in touch with more old friends, relatives, and people around the world whom I would not be commected with in the absence of modern technology.


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  • Neil Rickert

    What technology really does, is change the meaning of community. We can now be a part of a community based on common interests, rather than (or perhaps as well as) one based on where we reside.

  • Bruce Gerencser

    In every way, technology has made my life richer and fuller. Through the internet and my blog I have met people I never would have met otherwise. As a home bound disabled person, the internet connects me to a world that I rarely am able to physically navigate.

  • Just Sayin’

    Oh for the gentle, warm rustle of newsprint, compared to the loud, annoying chiiiinnggggg ccchhhinnngggg tssssshhhh tssssshhhhhh of the person with the awful racket spewing out of her electronic earbuds . . .

  • Beau Quilter

    Cell phones on a busy commute don’t bother me – these are usually not people with whom we share a home, church, or work community. I worry more when four friends sit down to lunch and we all whip out our phones to check our messages.

  • VinnyJH

    My concern is the loss of a common frame of reference. The people on the train who were reading the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times might be getting two different perspectives on the events of the day, but they were generally recognizable as the same events that were being covered, and the people who read the papers were capable of discussing them as such. I think that is less true of people reading The Daily Kos and World Net Daily.