James Holland

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The Migration of Social Exchange

by James Holland on January 7, 2013

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HOLLAND, Massachusetts — The use of electronic signals for instantaneous, mediated communication began with the telegraph, intensified with the telephone, and today flourishes across the internet. It would not be hyperbole to say that physical proximity is no longer essential to social exchange. And yet, amid the brisk technological changes of our time, our bodies (our physiological hardware, so to speak) remain effectively constant. What mirrors the pace of technology, rather, is the shape of our behavior.

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