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NPR story: Does the Internet make you more–or less–connected?

One of the largest questions brought up about the techie world is the question of connection. Do we lose too much or gain more from our constant use of digital media?

Dave Pell discusses the topic here:

Everyone has to answer for themselves how connected or un-connected being online, checking their phone, using their ebook reader, or listening to a mp3 player makes them. For me, the electronic leash is one I’m glad to be rid of occasionally. It took two family members having life threatening illnesses before I’d carry a cell phone. Up until that time, I didn’t own and refused to purchase one. There’s still a part of me that believes only emergency relief workers, medical professionals, and firefighters ought to have a cell phone on them all the time. Yes, I know how nervous I’ve made some of you by saying that. And yes, it would be hard for me to leave mine behind now too.

The internet is a much different case. Although I don’t consider myself an addict, I start to go through withdrawal symptoms if I can’t check my email. I get anxious at the things I’ve missed on Facebook by being gone too long. And the thought of losing Internet connectivity forever really really bothers me. When I go back home, no one in my family has internet. They live in rural areas where I have to drive three or four towns away to get to public accessible internet. I feel edgy the entire time I’m there. Even though I’m connected personally by visiting and seeing my family, I feel disconnected from the rest of the world.

Ultimately, there has a be a balance created between the online and offline worlds. Like Pell, I feel there’s benefits to each & it’s a little too late to try taking technological connectivity away.

One Response to “NPR story: Does the Internet make you more–or less–connected?”

  1. ABQ Conference August 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    This is an issue we consider often as we plan for and organize the Albuquerque Cultural Conference. Through social media and other applications on the internet, our community is limitless geographically. We also understand that it is often only via face-to-face encounters that we are able to affect change. (see Greg’s post on May 23) Join us through both venues. The 4th annual Albuquerque Cultural Conference is this weekend – August 27 and 28 come over to the Harwood and participate in substantive panels and enjoy food, poetry and performances in between. You can see the conference schedule at A link to the website is on the left of this page.
    We’ll be blogging over the weekend. If you can’t join us at the Harwood, join us here. We’d love to hear from you.