I use social media and technology every single day. Some days it makes me feel informed, comforted, connected; other times, exposed, vulnerable, misunderstood, or just inadequate. The constant is that I feel those feels in front of my screen, alone.
Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips is a journalist who sees empathy as a vital and endangered element of a peaceful, healthy, and productive society, but she is also, like me and many of you, an adapter of the mobile and digital life we all now lead to keep up and keep in touch. Sharing data and expert predictions about what technology—especially, but not only, social media—is doing to our ability to empathize, Phillips will hopefully convince you of our potential as a society to keep innovating without succumbing to personal isolation.
This book is for those who are socially and politically engaged. Those who are actively looking for ways to make or support societal change, either in small ways or more systematically. The Future of Feeling is for anyone who is interested in how our brains and psyches work, how they might work differently in the near future, and what that means for us as humans.
— Erin Calligan Mooney, Editor