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What are the personal and societal effects of the unheralded epidemic of social isolation in America? Calling on their extensive clinical experience, social surveys (including the 2004 General Social Survey and the Pew Internet and American Life Project), and recent research on the physiological and cognitive effects of social exclusion, Olds and Schwartz uncover the ripple effects of social isolation in areas as varied as physical health, children's emotional problems, substance abuse, violent crime—even global warming. They conclude that electronic connection is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.

©2009 Beacon Press (P)2009 Beacon Press

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impossible

I found this impossible to listen to for more than 2 minutes because of the horrific narration. The narrator sounds like the automated voices offering choices of services on the phone. A shame because the content of the book may be very good. A lesson learned. Listen to the sample before purchasing!

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Important message. Narration somewhat robotic.

Authors speak to an important often underappreciated reality that contributes to adverse health, societal and environmental outcomes. As a mental health provider, I found Ch 9 most compelling. Past reviews have described the narration as robotic and I must concur.