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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3 thoughts on “Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

  1. I agree completely with what she is saying. Today we are all so absorbed in our phones that we find the urge to be connected to everyone at all hours of the day. However, in the same sense that we’ve connected ourselves to everyone we’ve also greatly removed ourselves. There is so little face to face contact now that most people have forgotten how to even engage and relate to someone personally. We talk over social media but they are empty conversations, there is no body language no facial expressions, its not a complete conversation. It is this vicious cycle, in that social media has created this need to be connected at all times, to never feel alone, yet when we are faced with personal contact we are unfulfilled or uncomfortable, and look to our phones to escape or to find something to keep us more occupied.

  2. Haven’t humans been constantly evolving since the beginning of our existence? My 70 year old grandmother said that she never had imagined people would sell water inside of bottles someday. Everybody has always been afraid of the future, but we are humans and we adapt. I’m not saying I’m happy with the way everybody is ignoring their physical lives these days—I’m just saying, we have to accept the fact that science is moving at a rapid pace and that nothing can stop that from happening. Sorry if that sounds pessimistic.

  3. We constantly want control in our lives. We want to customize our lives because we have the control over what we do and how we perceieve ourselves. With this, we pick how we want to be noticed in the world. We can hide from each other even when were constantly connected with people. We use technology as a way not to be interrupted. If we are constantly on our phones, we are constantly connected and busy with something to do. We can have each other at a distance in which we control. However, it may differ between people who need other people in their lives. In addition, people are becoming socially awkward because they’re not having face to face conversation. In a face to face conversation there are no edits and deletes. You say what you need to say. But with technology there is a filter on things and a screening before you post something. It lets us present the self as we want it to be. We are sacrificing conversation with what is in front of us with connection to people who are not present. Technology doesn’t help to know and understand each other. It only does the purpose of having a connection. It’s the way of life that is being missed out on because people won’t take the time to converse, but rather stay on their phone.

    by Evelyn Fenick

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