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Opinion: When roommates were random


Today I am a college professor, and I am sad that most of my students will not experience what I did back when Mark Zuckerberg was in diapers, says Dalton Conley, sociologist, and dean of social sciences at New York University, for the New York Times. While the internet has made it easy to reconnect with the lost [friends] of our lives, it has made it a lot more difficult to meet them in the first place, by taking a lot of randomness out of life. We tend to value order and control over randomness, but when we lose randomness, we also lose serendipity…

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