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Are People Less Lonely Today?

A recent study from Sweden argues people today in that nation are less lonely than groups reported twenty five years ago. This raises an interesting question as to whether the emergence of technology over the past two decades has impacted attitudes and behavior concerning loneliness. In 1985, “49% of the adult population(in Sweden) experienced loneliness often or sometimes compared to 42 percent when asked the same question this time.” The state of loneliness is not always a negative life position since many great thinkers in the midst of loneliness produced important pieces of writing or art or music. However, the question still remains are modern humans more or less lonely in their lives.

The introduction of MySpace, Facebook, and millions of web sites enables people to remain in the safety of their home and engage in interactions with people they have never seen. In a sense, this does impact the sense of being lonely since one is engaged in the lives of other humans. Perhaps, we still do not understand how these forms of human interaction impact the mental processes of individuals. Is the end result healthier sense of being? Or does loneliness undergo alterations in its dynamic due to technology?

No Big Brother Say British Critics

British government plans to create a giant database which would contain information about every phone call, email and Internet visit was blasted by the man in charge of prosecuting terrorism in England and Wales. Sir Ken MacDonald, Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) warned about the dangers of allowing concern about terrorism to be used as a wedge in destroying the very freedoms his nation was fighting to preserve. “We need to take very great care not to fall into a way of life in which freedom’s back is broken by the relentless pressure of a security state. Technology gives the state enormous powers of access to knowledge and information about each of us, and the ability to collect and store it at will.” He urged that modern technology be used wisely to protect the rights of people rather than being used to emulate the very same people society is fighting.

Sir Ken MacDonald is concerned about the future as well as the present. Today, a government argues it needs the data base to fight “terrorism,” but doesn’t creation of such a database open the door for some government in the future to use it in other ways? No current government can provide assurances about the future.