Does the smart phone bring us together or drive us apart?

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On MNN, I am doing a series about how new smart technologies are going to affect the way we live and work.

There is little that a personal computer can do that you can't do on a smartphone anymore; Now it's to the point where the Economist actually calls the smartphone "The truly personal computer," noting that by the end of the decade, 80 percent of the world’s adults will have one. The magazine points out how it is changing the world:

The idea that the natural place to find a computer is on a desk — let alone, before that, in a basement — will be long forgotten. Like the book, the clock and the internal combustion engine before it, the smartphone is changing the way people relate to each other and the world around them.

The Economist wonders if smartphones will bring people together or drive them apart. I am a huge optimist about this; I can keep tabs on mom, chat with daughter, tweet to 9423 friends, readers and bots, play with my hearables. Others are worried that it will drive us apart, that it is antisocial, dangerous, addictive, obsessive and that we are giving up our privacy and possibly our freedom.

Surprisingly to me, in the survey I did on MNN, the majority agreed with the latter. Visit on MNN and vote.

Does the smart phone bring us together or drive us apart?
The Economist calls it 'the defining technology of the age' — and we're just getting started.

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