Alone Together (again)

December 9, 2012

We wrote a bit about psychologist and ethnographer Sherry Turkle’s book “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other” (2011) when it was released.

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This TED talk, given in early 2012, highlights some of the main themes from the book.

In the talk she notes:

We’re letting technology take us places we don’t want to go” … “those little devices in our pockets are so psychologically powerful that they don’t just change what we do, but who we are” … “we’re getting used to a new way of being alone together [e.g. three friends sitting together in the same room texting other people] … people want to be with each other, but also elsewhere” …

And also:

We can end up hiding from each other [by doing stuff on one's Blackberry] even when we are together” … “human relationships are rich, and they’re messy, and demanding — and we clean them up with technology and when we do we can sacrifice conversation for mere connection” … “that feeling that ‘no one is listening to me’ is very important in our relationships with technology … it makes us want to spend time with machines” … “we’re lonely but we’re afraid of intimacy”…

Thought provoking!

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