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Slices of Life

Maintaining the personal in an impersonal world

By: Jill Pertler

By definition, I am an introvert. I’m usually okay with time alone and minimal interactions with other humans. I enjoy conversations within my own head and maybe, perhaps have a significant relationship with both my phone and my laptop.

However, lately I’ve noticed the world has sort of taken this concept and injected it with steroids.

In just the last decade or so, things have changed. COVID fueled these changes, but they were occurring even before the pandemic. Gradually – or perhaps not so gradually – we are losing our day-to-day human connections. Our world is becoming mor...


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