Virtual and Digital are Real: How Digital Interactions Take Place and Change Us


Why do people still go to conferences? They already know each other from Twitter and Facebook. Does taking a selfie together seal the friendship? Yet if all your online friends post “happy birthday” on your birthday, that feels good in real life, too. How do our digital and real-world communications differ? Haven’t the borders between the two in fact fallen? Is the smartphone zombie maybe just an intermediate step towards a future golden age of communication?


Dong-Seon Chang, Neuroscientist, Author and Science Slammer