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Out of Touch: How to Survive an Intimacy Famine Hardcover – February 1, 2022

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“At a time when technology seems to provide endless connectivity, it also leaves us strangely isolated. Throughout this insightful and entertaining book, Drouin highlights the path forward and left me, personally, optimistic about the future.” 
Keith A. Grossman, President, TIME
“Illuminating, engaging, and well-written, this book deftly weaves together anecdotes, scientific evidence, and survivalist tips that will provide useful and necessary guidance to all who read it.” 
Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, DO, President, and Founder of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development
“A fascinating book that examines how modern technology can assist in our pursuit to meet human needs for love, connection, and fulfillment. Weaving personal anecdotes with scientific research, it is full of rich wisdom for how to survive and thrive in a world of advancing technologies and a pandemic.”
Susan Sprecher, Distinguished Professor, Illinois State University
“A detailed articulation of the current state of human loneliness and the impact of technology platforms (hardware and software) to enable but at the same time mitigate the loss of meaningful human connections.
Michael J. Mirro, SVP and Chief Academic Research Officer, Parkview Health System; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Indiana University
“With the proliferation of our omnipresent ‘screens,’ it is even more challenging to be attuned to our intimacy needs. In this very readable and enjoyable book, Michelle Drouin does an amazing job weaving in psychology, technology, artificial intelligence, and even biochemistry to help us understand the role of intimacy in our lives. As an aid to our personal intimacy issues, she offers us straightforward ‘survival’ tips that are cogent and appealing. Finishing this fascinating book in one sitting, I feel more hopeful for our society than I have felt in decades of studying the psychological impact of technology.”
Larry D. Rosen, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills; author of seven books, including the PROSE Award–winning The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (with Adam Gazzaley)

About the Author

Michelle Drouin is a behavioral scientist and expert on technology, relationships, couples, and sexuality whose work has been featured or cited in the New York Times, CBS News, CNN, NPR, and other media outlets. She is Professor of Psychology at Purdue University-Fort Wayne and Senior Research Scientist at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The MIT Press (February 1, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0262046679
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0262046671
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.63 x 1 x 8.31 inches

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Michelle Drouin, PhD, is a professor of psychology and senior research scientist who conducts research on sexuality, interpersonal relationships, and technology.

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