May 4, 2011
The new solitude

New pressures imposed by the social wave of digital innovation are changing attitudes to solitude, which has been largely neglected as a positive lifestyle choice.

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Andrew Keen, author of upcoming book Digital Vertigo: An Anti-Social Manifesto, declares in an article for Wired that “human happiness is really about being left alone” [1]. He decries what he sees as a social trap, in which our lives are on constant display in the digital realm and believes that the only way out of this supposed madness is to withdraw, to escape the “narcissism epidemic” and revel in solitude.