Dr. Sam Vaknin: How technology killed empathy

This is an interesting video that delves into a complex subject in a very short amount of time.

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The Sandy Hook killer comes to mind, as do the thousands of zombies walking aimlessly on the streets of NYC who are plugged into everything except their actual surroundings.

I am obviously not anti-technology, but I’m fortunate enough to know life before the the internet and before the smartphone, therefore I manage to balance technology and real life pretty effectively. I participate in a lot of physical activity, including walking/running my dog several times a day. When I’m out and about I never listen to music (don’t have an iPod) and I’m never glued to my phone. These are conscious choices that I’ve made, but being that I’m a true believer in personal liberty, I have no problem with the choices that others make for themselves, even though dodging a-holes that walk while texting, tweeting and reading e-mails can really get annoying.

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Thank you for this addition to your consistently high quality offerings. This is a topic hot off my soapbox. It is disappointing to find many people barely engaging with others, tuning out life, often just to posture online. I find it sad to see parents tuned out in the company of their young children – this will surely result in interesting developmental phenomena over time.

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Written By M on December 31st, 2012 @ 1:45 am

M:
Sam Vaknin has a lot of very interesting videos on his You Tube channel, where he mostly discusses the narcissistic personality disorder. Like most other things, technology has a dark side to it.

Happy New Year!

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Written By admin on December 31st, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

I just had a conversation about this very topic with my kid’s. There is just a different tone in the air these days, no one stops to notice each other much less greet or smile on the street….while some noses continue to be up in the air, more so are in their laptops, Iphones, tablets, cameras…etc. My kids do not have T.V.’s in their rooms nor do we watch T.V. during the week days, we don’t even have cable. I’m glad to say we still all sit down at the table to eat together…no T.V. or cell phones. My friends as well as my kid’s friends are shocked by this concept.

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Written By Kathy on January 1st, 2013 @ 5:59 am