“As we understand the reasons for the declines in social involvement, there will be implications for social policies and for the design of Internet technology”
This was clear from a study way back in ’98 itself.
Such social policies to attempt to reduce the negative impact of technology on emotional well-being, have still not really been implemented. The degree of online/mobile involvement is still only restricted to an individuals level of personal restraint.
As technology only seems to be growing exponentially, reaching more people – Especially kids growing up with no sense of living in a world sans technology over-involvement, the results of this growth upon emotional well-being can only become increasingly disastrous.
There really seems to be a strong need for common internet policies to protect the kids of the new millennia from becoming social vegetables- At least compared with the humans of the pre-internet age.
This old video, is still pretty awesome.