Is Technology Making You Isolated?

You've probably been in a social situation where you've been surrounded by people who are paying absolutely no attention to you. They're texting, Tweeting, updating their blog, and checking their Facebook status.

There are a lot of arguments about technology damaging human relationships, but a recent program funded by the AARP Foundation is investigating how building technology connections can help senior citizens combat isolation. This new program provides iPads to seniors and includes classes on how to use the Internet, social media and Skype.

The program helps to connect senior citizens with distant relatives and friends as a way to increase social interaction and combat loneliness.

What do you think, is technology making us lonely? Or is technology a way to help combat loneliness? Are you going to start using your iPad to reconnect with long-lost friends?

Topics: nonprofit technology

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