Ramon Thomas

Online behaviour expert

Often seen on SABC's 3talk and as an occasional guest on Special Assignment Ramon Thomas is best described as a researcher with an uncanny knack for spotting global trends and translating them into meaningful insights in South Africa. Thomas focuses his time and energy researching the psychological and emotional impact of technology on people's lives. He believes it a complete misnomer that technology makes lives easier and that the pervasive nature of new products on to the market adds several complexities that creates social anomalies. The largest impact he promotes is the strong link between a person's increased dependence on technology and their subsequent desensitisation when it comes to human interaction. Thomas believes that there is a fine line between being alienated or liberated by technology. He's no technophobe but does advocate strongly for moderation. � Jane Steinacker

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