The device lets us escape

“The Web does not just connect machines, it connects people,” observed¬†Tim Berners-Lee in a speech delivered to the Knight Foundation in September 2009. The inventor of the World Wide Web has acknowledged that he “designed it for a social effect–to help people work together–and not as a technical toy.”

Thus, we have the Social Web to which we connect through our desktops, laptops, smart phones, etc.

Though our technology is designed to facilitate greater connections, it also has the potential to facilitate our escapes.

“Through our devices, we find a way to disappear without leaving the room. By splitting ourselves off and reaching out electronically, we fill empty interpersonal space and ignite our senses.” — Christine Pearson, The New York Times, May 14, 2010

How concerned should we be?