Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Does Digital Help Create Social Isolation?

Social Isolation is where a person (or people) have a complete or near-complete lack of contact with the society in which they live.
  • News websites mean you don't need to walk out and buy a newspaper or go to the library
  • eCommerce websites and apps mean you don't have to go to the shops
  • Online games mean your kids don't want to walk out to the local park and kick a ball about
  • Virtual Reality cuts you off from everything so that you don't even have to engage with a real person (or possibly a human looking avatar)
However, in creating online / digital systems and products that allow an individual to communicate with a computer user interface, but not a real human... are we actually adding to this isolation?


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