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New technology does not, inherently, make us lonelier, no matter what the recent Atlantic article would like to argue:

“When the telephone arrived,” [Atlantic author] Marche writes, “people stopped knocking on their neighbors’ doors.” [Claude Fischer, whose America Calling is a landmark study of how the telephone affected U.S. social life, found that “When the telephone arrived, people didn’t stop knocking on their neighbors' doors; they called and then knocked.”

_Marche argues that “If cars created the suburbs, surely they also created isolation.” According to Fischer, “The car did not isolate us; women flocked to driving cars because cars made it easier to get out and see people.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2012/04/is_facebook_making_us_lonely_no_the_atlantic_cover_story_is_wrong_.2.html
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