Posted by steveA on April 04, 2003 at 10:43:07:
In Reply to: Re: Has Society In General Become Anti-social? posted by KEN on April 04, 2003 at 09:23:39:
The image that Barry has painted is the one I grew up with as well. So here is a pitch for small town America: I see this image being replayed all the time when I go to some of the small rural communities near where I live (PA and Ohio). I believe this is happening throughout America in the small towns and farming communities. There is another world out there beyond our cities and suburbs!
I also agree with statements above suggesting that there is more social interaction in our cities, and not just New York. It seems that it is at these two extremes, the urban and the rural, where people have to rely on each other and therefor must interract with each other. The problem at hand I feel is pretty much one of the suburbs.
People move to the suburbs for a few reasons: quality schools, more space for families/gardens, and relative safety. Many people who look to the suburbs WANT to be more introverted . I don't think this is different than it was in the 50s/60s except for the fact that parents are much more protective these days given the perception of danger that exists from "child predators" AND the prevalence of introverted electronic games/media, as has been noted.
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