To the editor:
I am writing in response to the column titled “Richard Kyte: Why finding a ‘third place’ is important to you-and to America" (page A4, Sept. 20).
Annual suicide rates have increased by 24% between 1999 and 2014, and I believe that this is due to the decline of social interaction. I was born in 2003, so I have always been surrounded by technology. I’m a very introverted person, and sometimes I wonder if things would be different if I hadn't been introduced to the world of cellphones and computers at such a young age. Social media, and phones in general, allow people to interact with each other without having an actual conversation. At first, I was okay with interacting like this because it's all that I had ever known.
It is crucial that we all find our “third place,” whether it's joining a club, a church, or throwing a party and inviting all of your neighbors. It is our duty, as a society, to find our sense of community again.
Brooke Thomson, Danville