Chapter 4. Does Anyone Care That I 'm Here?

  • A sense of belonging is key to feeling anchored

  • There's no distance, time, or space on the Web

  • Human emotions determine if the Web's connections succeed

Even when I had my professor's office in the psychology department and my dean's office in the administration building, I always did my hardest work in my office at home. Four decades ago, when I was a graduate student, I became an alternative work arrangement pioneer because my kids were too young for school and we didn't have enough money for lots of babysitting. I learned to love working in solitude.

Two things made the arrangement work: The first was desperation and the second was, I belonged. I had a long-term job; in fact, I had two: one at home, and ...

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