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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: I just met someone here on TED that I will be meeting in person!!!


    Why do people go to TED conference?
    Why do people go to Las Vegas and got to these conference?
    Why couldn't they just they do it online with web cam HD?

    Because nothing replaces human interaction.

    It requires both both person sitting each side of the table.
    I need to look at your eyes to trust.
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      Sep 12 2012: Thank you for your input Steven. I agree, nothing replaces human interaction... to see their smile, to hear their laugh, to see their facial expressions when you engage, to hear them talk, & to see their eyes - when you meet someone you connect with online, you want to spend your real life time (your precious time) with them. When you find people who you can do this with, you make a real connection & add value into your life.

      Thank you for sharing... can I ask, will this be the first time you meet someone in real life who you have met online?

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