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What makes us human? A sociological perspective

One of the latest books I've been working my way through is the introductory sociology book Ten Questions: A Sociological Perspective by Joel Charon. In a time filled with political/social division and tension, I've found myself thinking a lot about community: how and why we form it, when it erodes, and how we can re-build it after it has been broken for so long. There's no doubt that we live in an era of instant gratification, where it seems that we often spend much more time building up our digital and social media selves than actual, personal connections. I've often wondered what the boundaries of this are--at some point, will we reject the way we've allowed social media to upend our lives? Will we feel that something is missing; perhaps something that ultimately makes us feel fulfilled and connected, and more human?

Reading the book Bowling Alone helped me in partially answering these questions. It reaffirmed an intuition I felt that we are, in fact, becoming …

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