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Several years ago, British economist Noreena Hertz began to notice something different: An increasing number of her students said that they felt lonely. More disturbing was the discovery that students were losing the ability to interact together or even to read each other’s facial expressions. Disconnection from the world also was more likely to make people hostile to others and more susceptible towards extremist politics.
KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with Noreena Hertz, author of “The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That’s Pulling Apart,” about why more people are feeling cut off from the world. Are we trading convenience for a sense of connectivity?