No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
So wrote John Donne in 1624.
Almost 400 years later, the value we place on relationships is more tangible than ever. In 2016, the British public voted the smartphone as the 21st century’s most important invention. From Facebook and WhatsApp to Tinder and Twitter, the modern world reflects our desire for friendships, relationships and professional networks. But does the modern world enhance or inhibit our ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships? Is society making us more facile and selfish?
In this episode, James Rattee asks ‘How does the modern world affect relationships?’ – looking at how the digital realm is extending our relationships beyond death, whether drugs can improve our romantic relationships, and how we can all learn to become more empathetic.
This episode features Dr Brett Heasman (LSE Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science), Paula Kiel (LSE Department of Media and Communications) and Brian D. Earp, (The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford).