More serious sources have contended that changes wrought by the Internet have come at a serious cost. For example, MIT professor Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together, argues that social media no longer simply mediates interactions but isolates us from each other as we construct idealized identities that are not anchored to anything in the real world.
Brett Robinson, author of Appletopia, argued in a recent article for Wired that there is a paradox at the center of the claims made by proponents of social media and personal computing devices. He writes, “new media technologies connect us to more people in more places. . . . But at the same time, mediating relationships from behind a screen breeds a pervasive sense of isolation.” Texting and tweeting are no real substitute for conversation and real human contact, yet these technologies form the primary social fabric of many American lives.
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