“Although there is much work on the role of technology in disconnecting us, there is also evidence that technology can be used to connect us to the natural world… Environmentally focused films, for example, enable up to millions of people to experience remote natural environments that would otherwise be available to only a select few. Since both Gaia theory and carbon science have shown us to be inherently connected to these environments, enabling such sensory experience of them can reduce our psychological distance and promote positive action.”
“Although we should approach all new forms of media and technology with a critical eye, we should not openly assume that they will be either our savior or our downfall. New digital technologies are tools just like the knives, chairs, and paper that preceded them when introduced by humans centuries ago. It is our role as psychologists to study them critically and impartially and to assess the most practical ways to utilize technology to connect and to enhance our lives.”
Karlin, B. (2013). Technology and Psychology—Natural Enemies or Just Plain Natural? Ecopsychology. 5(4): 217-218. doi:10.1089/eco.2013.0081.