Sex & Relationships

Does Being Digitally Connected Make Us Lonely?


Back in the mid-90s, MIT psychologist and sociologist Sherry Turkel came up with the concept of “fluid identity”—the idea that in the age of the Internet, we are able to be whomever we want to be, because when we’re online, we’re anonymous.

Fast forward 15 years, and Turkel, one of our foremost thinkers on digital technology’s impact on our inner lives, is talking about social networks like Facebook and Twitter, social robots, and loneliness.

“We slip into thinking that always feeling connected is going to make us less alone. But we’re at risk, because actually it’s the opposite that’s true. If we’re not able to be alone, we’re going to be more lonely.”

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