The Connection Gap by Laura Pappano
Why Americans Feel so Alone

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"Shopping online. Chatting on the cell phone. Computer games. Instant travel to wherever you want to go. Yet all these conveniences and entertainment come at a high price. By surrounding ourselves with gadgets and material comfort, we are cutting ourselves off from what matters most: our fellow human beings." "The Connection Gap explores the new loneliness of people who are overcommitting and underconnecting. Laura Pappano takes a passionate look at the pressures and desires of modern culture by drawing on personal experience, academic studies, and perceptive observations of our culture as reflected in advertising, literature, and popular magazines."--BOOK JACKET.

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Eileen McDonagh is Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. She is the author of Breaking the Abortion Deadlock. Laura Pappano is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and The Washington Post. She is the author of The Connection Gap and is currently a writer-in- residence at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College.
Published June 1, 2001 by Rutgers University Press. 248 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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(Little did we know, Pappano writes, that we'd end up passively watching TV and using Caller ID to screen people out.) Unafraid to introduce observations that might challenge her argument, Pappano notes that TV is "the only reliable common language, reference, and activity Americans participate i...

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