Christian Long

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet Enables Intimacy

In TED Talks on May 4, 2010 at 5:09 am

Reflection by ALEX E.

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Stefana Broadbent:  How the Internet Enables Intimacy

The internet has allowed news and information to travel quicker than in the ‘old’ days, which has led to a new age of interaction amongst people. Although people think that these new technologies are ruining human intimacy, it is actually expanding it.

Email, Facebook and Twitter are some of the best examples for how we are interacting in this new age. Along with these social networking sites, there are also other sites, such as gmail, that can work as Email and word processor, helps human speak or spread ideas to one another. With these new ways to interact with others, it has become easy for somebody at work to write to a friend or family member to see whats going on. There are benefits to know whats going on, if a friend or family member is an accident or if something really important happened outside of the office. Also people have a larger way to to talk and work with each other. This in not in any way spoiling interaction, since new ideas can spread quicker than before, and people can talk to each other no matter the distance.

However, people now have a new source of distractions that can led them away from doing work. These social and working websites can be seen as a distraction and a waste of time to some people, despite the positives that can come out of these sites. Some managers have even began to place blocks on the internet to prevent interactions outside of the office. There are also other internet sites, gmail for instance, that are very useful for spreading information or ideas around the office, which could be seen as a distraction from work if misused. There is no reason to block access to Facebook and limit or who you can send Email to, as long as it is not hindering work. At work, it does make people happier if they can talk to their family and friends in the office.

The internet has opened a new door to how people can interact between each other, but has also brought new distractions to people.


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