Brooks, the New York Times columnist and author of The Social Animal, writes in his Times blog about "The Society of Surfaces" and Facebook’s effects on friendship and personal connections. While Brooks has a generally positive view of Facebook, he discusses others with a less positive view of current and emerging technologies on personal relationships, including Lasch-Quinn.

Brooks quotes Elisabeth’s review of Dalton's Conley's 2008 book Elsewhere, USA: “In her article "From Inwardness to Intravidualism," published in Hedgehog Review, Lasch-Quinn states that "The 'elsewhere' society is comprised of only the most 'fleeting and one-dimensional' social interactions, and the 'elsewhere' individual is in perpetual state of inner conflict, plagued by the uneasy feeling that no matter where one is, one is potentially missing out on something more important."