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On Jan 11, 2008, at 8:43 AM, Dave Tisdell wrote:

Sounds like some young people are moving in the direction of the characters from Solaria which Isaac Asimov created in his robot novels; they avoided human contact at all costs. Scary isn't it?

On Jan 11, 2008, at 9:50 AM, Vincent Rossano wrote:

These kids may be avoiding human contact, but maybe they're making contact with other teenagers.  :-)

Sherry Turkle has an essay on this which can be found 

Sherry Turkle, Always-on/Always-on-you: The Tethered Self, August 24, 2006.
http://web.mit.edu/sturkle/www/Always-on%20Always-on-you_The%20Tethered%20Self_ST.pdf

(She actually has been exploring this in a variety of ways, most which suggest that two way communication technology is tying us closer to people than drawing us apart. Technologies like SUVs and Rush Savage Michael O'Reilly Bill Limbaugh Big Brother in the Sky Satellite Stations are more likely to drive us apart.)