In the video, Innovation of Loneliness, Shimi Cohen explores the connection between online social activity and the human experience of loneliness. Inspired by the book, Alone Together, by Sherry Turkle, and the Hebrew article, The Invention of Being Lonely, by Dr. Yair Amichai; Cohen creates a visually impactful, thought-provoking video on the subject of modern day loneliness.
Isn’t it ironic that although we have the ability to be more connected than ever, we actually feel less connected?
This video explores the science-based reasons behind this interesting phenomenon. It is true that while we are capable of being digitally in touch with others, this does not equate to a substitute for face-to-face human interaction. Today, we are distracted by our devices and even stressed out by the competitive nature of social media, so instead of feeling more secure and fulfilled, we often find ourselves feeling more isolated and disheartened.
Back in the early 1800s, author Henry David Thoreau said, “Men have become the tools of their tools.” While there is no denying that technology has improved our lives in many ways, Cohen’s video is an eerie echo of this sentiment, all these years later. And that leaves one to ponder his or her relationship with the Internet of Everything…