Published: Simon Gottschalk and Celene Fuller

Simon Gottschaik (Sociology) and Celene Fuller (Sociology) published a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Symbolic Interaction titled: “De-realization and Infra-humanization: A Theory of Symbolic Interaction with Digital Technologies.” The authors suggest that interactions with digital technologies impose a series of adjustments that compromise users’ capacity to grasp social reality correctly and their ability to engage the full humanity of those with whom they interact. In concert, de-realization and infra-humanization significantly degrade the human experience and present significant risks for societal and individual well-being.

 

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