Why We Are Together but Feel Alone

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Umar Zulqarnain‘s reflection “Why We Are Together but Feel Alone” considers technology’s impact on our relationships with other people. It was originally published on the Huffington Post. Republished with friendly permission.

Over the past few years I have gradually become very antisocial. I remember a time when I always wanted to be “connected” to the world, to be talking to people, to be around people. I began to find that I preferred time to myself in quiet contemplation. I began to prefer my own company. It was time I could spend attempting to look within myself, to learn about myself. Recently, when I decided to delve back into the social realm, I was in for a surprise. The more people I would meet and talk to, the more I would see recurring patterns. It was an unexpected opportunity to learn about myself and others.

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The Big Picture

The digital world has become by Smartphone & Co to our constant companion – and requires constant attention. We can work anywhere, but work and leisure can hardly be separated. We are pioneers, but we are constantly looking for guidance. We’re just at the beginning of a new age and doubt but how we can make working and communicating a positive culture of an era. The smartphone as the primary contact when standing up – shall our future look like this? How do we want to spend our life and its best moments together? How can you keep balanced in an ever faster and hyperconnected world? How do we want to live and work in our hyperconnected world?  Continue reading

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