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has the spread of personal computers over the past 25, 30 years increased or decreased the 'amount of loneliness' in the world?

So, this is, of course, an extremely scientific and precise question. Computers: increasing loneliness by giving people more ways to isolate and cut themselves off from others, decreasing loneliness by giving people many more ways to connect with others people, both in 'real life' and technologically-mediated ways, or, they're just a tool and don't casually effect us either way?

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  • Dec 31 2011: I'd say that they are a tool and can be used to isolate as well as de-isolate. The usage depends on the person.

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