Encouraging or deterring quality interactions?

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Irene Pedruelo

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Jan 27, 2014, 1:43:37 PM1/27/14
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I've become obsessed with how technology is encouraging or deterring quality interactions among people. What does "being present" mean any more? What can we do about it? 
Many apps, devices, etc., which try to encourage "presence" have been developed -Ketchup, Off-pocket, Pause or Stop-Phubbing, among them. However, I don't believe they have really improved interactions. Who else is thinking about this? I would love to hear some of your ideas, suggestions, etc. 

socrtwo

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Aug 18, 2014, 7:09:12 PM8/18/14
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The fact that people are now walking around with their computers instead of being stuck in front of them, sitting all day is an improvement I think. Maybe this is at the cost of further insinuation of computers into our lives, but maybe it's a zero sum problem gain because computers in phones and tablets do help us save time so we can spend more time with people instead of shopping, or standing in government lines. Technology is cutting both ways. People are more glued to their games etc. but they are less glued to their work computers or paper pushing so can spend more quality time with people.
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