The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness
Smart phones and social media sites may be contemporary fixations, but using technology to replace face-to-face interactions is not a new cultural phenomenon. Throughout our history, intimacy with machines has often supplanted mutual human connection. This book reveals how consumer technologies changed from analgesic devices that soothed the loneliness of a newly urban generation to prosthetic interfaces that act as substitutes for companionship in modern America. The history of this transformation helps explain why we use technology to mediate our connections with other human beings instead of seeking out face-to-face contact. Do electronic interfaces receive most of our attention to the detriment of real interpersonal communication? Why do sixty million Americans report that isolation and loneliness are major sources of unhappiness? The author provides many insights into our increasingly artificial relationships and a vision for how we can rediscover genuine community and human empathy.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Sullywriter - LibraryThing
Slade is often successful in making the case "that our progressive reliance on technology for companionship is part of a prolonged and increasing disconnection from nature," which includes ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kslibi - LibraryThing
When I picked up this book, I wrongly assumed "technology" mean digital computers and similar devices. This author traces the "disconnect" clear back to the Industrial Revolution. Some of the history ... Read full review