In 1991, the University of Chicago ranked number 10 in U.S. News and World Report’s list of top universities. Two years later it ranked at the bottom of Inside Edge Magazine’s survey of schools where students have fun.
Even before the pandemic forced us into isolation, some worried we faced a loneliness epidemic. Surveys have shown we have fewer close confidants, and some scholars argue that new media technology limits our ability to connect. Other research has challenged the handwringing about isolation and suggested the impact of social media is more complicated.
In 1989, only one in four U.S. households owned an answering machine. A decade later, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! began offer a prize of Carl Kasell’s voice on contestants’ answering machines.