It amazes me how many lonely people sit in Starbucks everyday. Some read, some take notes, some use their computers or phones. Perhaps they sit there because of the free WiFi or because the background noise maked them feel like they are not alone. Perhaps because of other reasons I don’t understand.
Is our society driving more people towards social isolation? To spend more time alone, even if more virtually connected than ever? Are social networks contributing to this? Did this start to happen when IM was introduced? What do you think?