Social Networks Can’t Replace Socializing

Jonah Lehrer offers observations about social media and human nature in his article “Social Networks Can’t Replace Socializing”(WSJ.com). In reviewing the recently released Google+, Lehrer says its main selling point is its “attempts to mirror the reality of our offline social life. (The tagline for the network is Real-life sharing, rethought for the Web).”

Lehrer also reminds us of other “new technologies” that were going to end the need for face-to-face communication: the telephone, fax, email and the Internet. But we’re hard-wired for human interaction as Harvard economist Edward Glaeser states, “millions of years of evolution have made us into machines for learning from the people next to us.”

Read his article on WSJ.com.

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