Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other

True Confessions

  • For this chapter Sherry read online confessional sites for six months. She tells stories of people who post anonymous confessions that may or may not be true. Other visitors respond in approving or disapproving ways. For some, they apologize online in order to avoid hurting others. Others apologize on Facebook or by text. They find real face to face apologies more elusive so we become use to getting less. We build technologies that leave us vulnerable in new ways. She also finds a kind of Internet-specific road rage, which makes it easier to be a bully online. Communities are places where people feel safe. Much experience on the Net is it not a community.
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