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Linda Hamilton

Director and Developer, www.thanknest.com

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Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?

I recently watched a TedTalk by Professor Sherry Turkle who discussed the ways in which technology is making us feel more and more disconnected. Professor Turkle suggested a way to combat this was through having more real life conversations. But how do we compel people to want to have real life conversations, over the desire to feel connected (or disconnected as it seems) using technology?

What if social networking allowed us to feel truly valued again?

I recently developed a website - http://www.thanknest.com - and since launching I have found that when people are appreciated with a sincere and specific thank you message, this compels them to want to reconnect in real life with the person who is thanking them. They say "let's get together", "let's catch up", and "let's get coffee". When you thank someone and tell them what you like about them, you make them feel good about themselves. People want to have more meaningful bonds with others, and want to spend more real-life time with people who make them feel good, & with people who truly value them.

Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?

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    Sep 11 2012: The emergence of social media was from that need....I mean connecting disconnected people.

    However , need to think a bit ....do we need social network to be connected with our next door neighbour? How much we are connected to our neighbors even....H

    ow much we can be connected with in family even if all are busy on their own social networks through devices they have ?
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      Sep 11 2012: You bring up some interesting points Salim, thank you for sharing- "do we need to be connected with our next door neighbour" - probably not, but can be nice to connect with them face-to-face & online too!

      Do you connect with your neightbours or family online?
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        Sep 11 2012: Thanks...
        Yes I do but mostly when I am unable to interact with them in real.
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          Sep 12 2012: Me too... and I also interact with them online as a way of saying in that moment - I'm thinking of you :)

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