Cell phones and social avoidance

Bottom line: sometimes, it’s OK.   A recent story in the Denver Post features my comments on the subject, “New study finds more people using cellphones to avoid in-person contact”.

Basically, a good response to technology-enabled behaviors that seem alarming is to chill out. Human communication is not so fragile as to be destroyed by any particular technology. But it does remind us that we should not be complacent. We need to be active in cultivating the social world we want to live in.

For more on this theme, see my essay “The Visual Life: Sexting and Rethinking Communication”

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