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Don’t Log Off

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 13 October 2012

Alan Dein attempts to cross the world on a late-night excursion via Facebook and Skype - discovering the real-life dramas behind the online profiles.

It's a hesitant beginning as Alan starts from a "Friend" count of zero, struggling to lure users away from the anonymity of the keyboard to the glare of the webcam - and engage in real verbal communication. Yet over five long late nights, he gradually builds up a circle of friends, crossing the time zones and discovering some startling stories.

Alan's conversations lead him into the realm of love and loss - online and offline. He connects with a single parent snowbound in Nova Scotia, an Egyptian whose online romance turned sour, and a Pakistani yearning for a girl from the 'wrong' caste.

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