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An incisive look at American loneliness,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Connection Gap: Why Americans Feel so Alone (Hardcover)
Through thorough research and keen perception, Laura Pappano describes the exact quality of disconnection that characterizes our 21st-century world. "The Connection Gap" contains no shortage of "eureka" moments, as Pappano again and again captures the paradox of a life made both easier and more isolating by technology. With our days now devoted to shopping, staring at TV and computer screens, talking on cell phones, and driving everywhere, we have little time left for the deeper communication human beings thrive on. And while most of us have sensed that something is missing, we've been too busy to go looking for it. What a relief, then, to arrive at this thoughtful book.
Pappano brings a broad and diffuse subject to vivid life by tracing the changing style of day-to-day living from the early 20th century to today. Aside from the hard statistics that support her argument, Pappano's interviews with the likes of personal shoppers, her readiness to share anecdotes about her family, and her range of background materials from popular magazines to scholarly texts all illustrate the many ways in which Americans have lost touch.
Most of us will see ourselves in this book; reading it is a first step toward reconnecting.