Human Connection & Digital Technology


Work Time

Read Chapter 5 of Henry David Thoreau’s nonfiction work Walden . This chapter is entitled “Solitude.”

As you read, annotate and answer the following questions.

  • Have you ever felt the need to separate yourself from others and seek solitude?
  • What similarities do you see between Thoreau’s time and your own?
    • What are the differences?
  • According to Thoreau, what is the difference between loneliness and being alone?
    • Has technology made it impossible, or at least more challenging, to achieve either state? Explain.