Educational Technology

October 28, 2010

Internet promoting connections, not loneliness, say experts

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Laura Casey, Contra Costa Times

It’s a common belief — and not just in science fiction novels — that technology is to blame for many of society’s ills. Web surfing makes us more sedentary, cell phones promote rudeness in public, and in general, technology is isolating us even if we have 500 Facebook friends. In fact, a Pew Internet & American Life Project study released last year says the opposite of what previous studies assert: People who use technology have notable social advantages. They stay in touch and share information in ways that keep them socially active and connected to their communities. This is especially true with online social networking, which wasn’t around in 1998 or 2003. And for senior citizens, using technology can keep the brain healthy.

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