Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

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One thought on “Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

  1. I can relate and appreciate what Sherry Turkle has to say about how people relate to each other through technology. A few weeks ago I went on a vacation abroad and made the decision to not bring my phone, mostly because I didn’t want to add International calling/data to my plan. I can confidently say that I did not miss my phone at all while I was away, and almost forgot to turn it back on when I got home. It was very liberating to be unplugged from the online world for a week or so, unaware of what others were doing with their lives and just enjoying the company of those that joined me on the trip. During the school year, I find myself walking to class, head down staring into my phone in order to avoid talking with anyone, and I don’t know why. As great as technology is, it is interfering with interpersonal communication as we knew it before cell phones and social networking, it will be interesting to see how we will evolve and adapt in the future as technology progresses.

    posted by: Jessica Kennedy

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