In the latest TED Talk, anthropologist Stefana Broadbent suggests that the technologies of social media–such as blogs, facebook, and twitter–are actually promoting greater intimacy between people rather than sucking time away from social involvement as is often supposed. In this unnatural environment we’ve constructed, with regulated time schedules, overseers–er, I mean, bosses–and artificial friendliness mandated as professional behavior, we long to reach out and connect with a community we identify with. In the short talk below, she suggests that this technology allows us to escape, even momentarily, and connect on a human level.
The vast majority of people (probably 80%) will be reading this blog from work or school. Where are you right now and how do you use social media to maintain human connection in this human zoo?
H/T Maia Duerr