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We now connect in new ways, at greater distances and over longer timeframes with our friends and family than ever before. We reach each other more of the time wherever we are, and are available for contact any place, any time. We are also making new friends and building new forms of relationships, many of whom we may only ever meet through digital channels. This is changing the way we build and maintain our relationships at work, home and play. For some, they are connected 24/7 and are just a whisper away from speaking to anyone they know. Multiple demands will increase with spiralling overheads and extreme connectivity that will invade the human need to disconnect and spend time on our own.

From: From Being Human: Human Computer Interaction in the year 2020

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