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n this year's Oscar-winning Her, the ﬁlm's main
character Theodore Twombly falls in love with
well… not a person. Rather, he has a romantic
relationship with his computer operating system, "Samantha."
As it oﬀers an eerie take on our ongoing hyper-attachment to
devices intended to help us connect with well … other people,
the movie begs the question: "Are we, like Twombly, becoming
more isolated hiding behind all of that new technology?"
According to Sacramento State Sociology Professor Todd
Migliaccio, the answer is, "No."
Hmmm... or perhaps maybe?
Migliaccio contends people use technology and the Internet to
interact with others online just as much as they do oﬄine.
"They use online social networking to extend social
relationships that exist oﬄine," says Migliaccio, who teaches about
the inﬂuence of the Internet and popular culture on society.
Are we hiding behind a digital
facade or is social media improving
our personal interactions?