How Technology Killed Empathy


Everything You Need to Know about Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Abuse – click on this link: www.narcissistic-abuse.com Whatever happened to empathy? Where have solidarity, charity, and compassion gone? A series of earth-shattering social, economic, and technological trends converged to render empathy a tedious nuisance best avoided. Foremost among these is the emergence of modern technology. Technology had and has a devastating effect on the survival and functioning of core social units, such as the community/neighborhood and, most crucially, the family. With the introduction of modern, fast transportation and telecommunications, it was no longer possible to confine the members of the family to the household, to the village, or even to the neighborhood. The industrial and, later information revolutions splintered the classical family and scattered its members as they outsourced the family’s functions (such as feeding, education, and entertainment). This process is on-going: interactions with the outside world are being minimized. People conduct their lives more and more indoors. They communicate with others (their biological original family included) via telecommunications devices and the internet. They spend most of their time, work and create in the cyber-world. Their true (really, only) home is their website or page on the social network du jour. Their only reliably permanent address is their e-mail address. Their enduring albeit ersatz friendships are with co-chatters

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