Today we're more connected than ever, but more isolated than any point in human history. More than 40% of the American adult population reports feeling lonely in their day to day lives, fueling a growing loneliness epidemic. Loneliness is a serious health problem, equivalent in lifespan reduction to smoking 15 cigarettes a day & linked to a range of health problems like obesity & cardiovascular disease. Yet, the average person spends nearly 2 hours per day on social media connecting with others.
In recent months we've seen some attempts at solutions: Facebook decided to make its News Feed more meaningful by prioritizing personal connections, & the U.K. appointed aMinister of Loneliness to confront this challenge for society. This leaves us asking; is being online making us lonely? Is the nature of our work & our world making us less connected? What are the implications for the future of society & business online?
In this panel, we'll get to the root of what it means to be human on & offline with our panelists:
Kristin Hodgson, Communications Director, Meetup
Christine Moellenberndt, Community Manager & Anthropologist, Reddit
Lisa Cifuentes, Head of Community, CreativeMornings
Matthew Strm, Design Director, WSJ.com
A'Driane Nieves, Founder,Tessera CollectiveModerator:
Nilofer Merchant,Speaker & Author, The Power of Onlyness
This discussion is for anyone thinking about the effects of technology & society on human connection & community. It's for internet makers, philosophers, strategists, designers, brand builders, creatives, healers, & humans. Come with an open mind, listening ears & a willingness to participate.
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