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Feeling Loved: The Science of Nurturing Meaningful Connections and Building Lasting Happiness by Jeanne Segal, PhD

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CHAPTER 4

Virtual Connections Can Cause Greater Disconnection

A TYPICAL OBSERVATION IN OUR MODERN, TECHNOLOGY-OBSESSED WORLD

It’s Sunday morning. I’m seated across from my husband in a sunny neighborhood restaurant taking pleasure in his attention. I’m aware of the softness in his face and the way he leans toward me when he speaks. When he leaves to go to the restroom, I notice a man sitting alone at a nearby table. Head down, he speaks quietly into his cell phone. When the friendly waiter comes by to take his order, he stops talking and speaks to the waiter, but doesn’t look up.

There is an empty table to my right and a family of four—a mother, ...

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