Technology Brings People Together in Public Spaces After All

Technology Brings People Together in Public Spaces After All

Bryant Park 1980 | Image copyright Project for Public Spaces As he sat in a PPS training watching time-lapse films of Bryant Park in the early 1980s, Keith Hampton realized he may have just found precisely the baseline he needed to examine how behavior in public space has changed in our contemporary digital world. Hampton is a prominent voice in the burgeoning academic debate surrounding the impact of technology on social interaction. The prevailing assumption has been that mobile devices are beginning to dominate people’s behavior in public, causing increased isolation and diminishing human interaction . But one piece of information was missing from the debate—just how much human interaction in public space actually existed before the age of portable electronic devices, and how much, if any, has been lost? The resulting study is a first for urban public space research. In...

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