Some scientists, like Barbara Fredrickson, now argue that love is a physiological process that occurs between two or more people who are in physical proximity of each other. Other researchers, like Ryan Wynia, are trying to understand the role that technology plays in brain and body simulations of proximity. The neuronic capacity to simulate physical closeness may be an important (if weaker than actual physical togetherness) tool in our ability to foster intrapersonal and interpersonal wellbeing in a technological age. What's something you've noticed about how technology interacts with your emotions and your relationships?
[image description: Two panels side by side show cell phones in two different locations, one on a table and the other on a bed. Both cell phones have a photo of a heart as the screen wallpaper. The times on the phone are different by approximately half an hour. The first phone is announcing a phone call. The second phone is announcing a text message. Text reads, "Is this a relationship?"]
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