Virtual Happiness around the Global Campfire

February 17th, 2009 by NearInteraction

Jim Stolze specializes in new thinking on digital communication. Virtual Happiness is a research project that aims to provide insights on the relationship between internet usage and happiness.

“We sing, we argue, we share, we talk, we dream, we love and turn strangers into good friends. Just like our ancestors did by their campfires, except we don’t live in the age of Kumbaya anymore…”

He describes the idea of the Global Campfire which is essentially a metaphor for the internet and the social interactions it fosters, similar to the stories and social interactions that used to happen around real campfires. Where technology has broken down the rules of space and time, allowing us to interact with any person in any place at any time…