Sunday, November 8, 2009

Does Technology Reduce Social Isolation?

It was interesting to read this NY Times article on how technology relates to social networking. It has been shown that people who use digital technologies are more social than ever before, but it also creates anti social behavior because people are spending more time on their computers and cell phones then actually going out in public to meet people. The social isolation that stems from the use of new technology can prevent people from visiting friends and relatives because they may feel that if they text them, this is a connection, but in reality I prefer to see them in person and spend some quality time with them.

Since my dad is elderly and does not use computers or a cell phone, the only way to really stay connected is to invite him over to my house for dinner or the weekend, which is what I do often.

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