Not since "Do Schools Kill Creativity" have I been so engaged by an online talk. Since Gabrielle was born, we have definitely been "connected" to friends and family, but we have felt very much alone. Maybe you have too. I recommend taking 20 minutes out of your day to watch this.
And, in the same vein, but less academic and more funny, Louis C.K. shares his views on how cell phones rob us from the full spectrum of human experience. I kinda agree, and worth a watch. (Note that I wouldn't share this one with your youngsters).