In theory, technology should make us all feel more connected and close. It’s easy to stay in touch with friends and family who live far away, and to meet new people who share our interests instead of just geographical location. We can like and subscribe, swipe right, leave a comment, or post a photograph from vacation.
With the world at our fingertips, why do so many of us feel lonely and disconnected?
Research suggests that virtual communication and electronic media makes us more insecure, depressed, aggressive, and anxious. Yet these tools have an addictive quality that keeps bringing us back. Scientists at the University of Maryland conducted a study that monitored 200 students who went without all forms of media for 24 hours. Many ended up with symptoms that are typically associated with drug and alcohol withdrawal.
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