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Science  14 Aug 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6249, pp. 698
DOI: 10.1126/science.1261448

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In The Village Effect, Susan Pinker charges directly into the fierce debate over whether technology has a negative impact on our ability to create and sustain face-to-face relationships. In a lively book written for an intelligent general audience, she uses a mixture of human-interest stories and summaries of scholarly evidence to show the importance of in-person ties. Although he believes Pinker relies too heavily on pastoralist nostalgia at the expense of analyzing representative examples of how people choose to live today, reviewer Barry Wellman praises the book for providing important evidence in support of interpersonal relationships.