Connected, But Alone?

We are social creatures but our species has ultimately survived and thrived by banding together into social groups we call ‘community’. We all loosely belong to or identify with several different ‘communities’, from our families, to schools, neighborhood, city, nation, work, clubs, or spiritual groups, to name just a few.

But a community is more than just a group of people living in a particular area or doing the same thing. A community is a group of people we lean on when times are tough; our friends, family, and neighbors who are there for us when we need love, support and encouragement.

Now that we live in a technological world there’s more access to each other than ever before. But that is a different kind of connection than face to face conversations. So as we add this powerful tool to our lives it’s important to remember the necessity of real human contact.

Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture and human relationships for over thirty years. Her popular TED Talk on this subject has been viewed over 4 million times!

Turkle is an author, researcher, clinical psychologist and professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology. She is also the director of MIT Initiative on Technology and Self Program. From the early days of personal computers to our current world of robotics, artificial intelligence, social networking and mobile connectivity, she has been on the leading edge.

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