“In Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital (1995) Putnam surveys the decline of “social capital” in the United States of America since 1950. He has described the reduction in all the forms of in-person social intercourse upon which Americans used to found, educate, and enrich the fabric of their social lives.”
“Everett Carll Ladd claimed that Putnam completely ignored existing field studies, most notably the landmark sociological Middletown studies, which during the 1920s raised the same concerns he does today, except the technology being attacked as promoting isolation was radio, instead of television or video games. In addition, Putnam ignored the work of other scholars who had previously made similar, in some cases almost identical claims”
Bowling Alone: Wikipedia.
“We seem lonely but afraid of intimacy. Siri, the social network, digital assistants, all of these give the illusion of companionship without the demands of relationship. The path we are on seems fraught with paradox and about the most important human matters.
Yet smitten with technology, we are like young lovers who are afraid that too much talking will spoil the romance. We don’t much want to talk about these problems. But it’s time to talk.”
–We expect more from technology and less from each other
By Sherry Turkle, Special to CNN
Same shit different toilet. A car’s speedometer (and it’s engine) can to up to 100 miles/161 kilometers per hour. Should you go that fast in traffic? Not if you want to die of old age. It’s not the tools but the person using it that matters. If you want to be alone that’s your choice. For every stupid “Status” or “Twitter” there are people re-connecting on social media. We can shop online, learn online and watch movies online. yet people still go out to bars and do things with their friends. First it was movies, then radio, then … well self appointed moral guardians are always looking for the new rock and roll.