Finding real connections in digital communities
The amount of time we spend glued to our devices can sometimes be overwhelming. Whether it's social media, video games or group chats, why is it so gosh darn hard to peel yourself away?
But it would be a mistake to label all of our screen time as negative or harmful.
Because there are great things happening online. Beyond the likes and the follows, there are strong communities being built and meaningful relationships being formed.
On this Now or Never, meet Canadians who are using their digital life to create meaningful connections.
- Hear how Rachael Caplan, disconnected from the world because of complex regional pain syndrome, found a community through Facebook.
- Jump into the world of online game streaming with Justin Cooper, an avid gamer — and wheelchair user — who broadcasts live under the moniker "ucmerolling117."
- Have you ever wondered how some people look so perfect on Instagram? Meet Caitlin Fladager, an Instagram influencer who has decided to be vulnerable and honest in her online life.
- Growing up in the Philippines, Eumir Enriquez found most of his friends at arcades. But when he moved to Winnipeg, the fighting game champ had to search for competitors.
- The You Got This! Group is a great place to find a boost of confidence when you need it most. Hear how one member, in particular, changed another member's life.
- Take a visit to Clare, Nova Scotia, with Clarevoyance, a video game that brings the Acadian community — and its stories — to virtual life.