How the Internet Enables Intimacy [video talk from TED]

In my previous post, I shared a piece of research that supports the notion that internet users not only have a larger and more diverse group of people whom they confide in, but they tend to be more active in the public sphere. Along the same chain of thought, below is an interesting talk by Stefana Broadbent discussing her research and findings about how technology and the internet in specific help foster intimacy. It is really taken for granted how easier nowadays it is to stay in touch with our loved ones when we are millions of miles away from them, helping us to maintain strong relationships with those who care about even when we are far away. In turn our ability to commute and communicate helps us go further away from our “homes” in the pursuit for a better life.

Stefana Broadbent on TED about Intimacy

Hope you enjoyed the talk as much as I did. What program is your choice for staying in touch with your loved ones? Skype, MSN, Gtalk…? Do you agree with Broadbent’s findings? Lets us hear you thoughts.

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  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    In one of my pieces, Down with the Machines, I made it rather clear that I am against technology and the internet in the way they shape our relationships with friends, partners and so on. Our lives now are so dependent on technology that good old face-to-face talks are vanishing, taking long walks together is becoming obsolete, and so on!

    I'm still not convinced! But I enjoyed the talk :)

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