How to Build Connections in a Dehumanized World

While technology offers us more convenience, it has a downside: It has decreased our contact with others, creating a society where we’re more independent — but also potentially lonelier and less empathic toward the people around us. Adam Waytz, of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, explores the implications of this societal change in his new book, The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World. “I realized that a human-less experience is greatly deficient compared to a more human one, even if it comes at the expense of convenience,” he writes. One big problem is that this societal shift may lead to an increase in dehumanization — that is, seeing others as less than fully human — which is “shockingly commonplace, consequential, and also curable,” Waytz writes.

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