Patt Morrison for January 28, 2011

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

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Basic Books

How connected are you really if your main form of communication is over the internet?

It’s 2011 – the age of smart phones, text messaging, Facebook and Twitter. Sure, you can communicate in the blink of an eye with these electronic avenues, but it seems that as communication technology increases, actual physical interaction between human beings decreases. Just a few years ago, talking on the phone was the preferred form of communication, and while it isn’t person to person, at least there’s a real human voice involved. But now even a phone call can be considered too clunky – text messaging, instant messaging, and social media sites take the cake for communication now. So while it’s quicker and easier, is this technology dependence (and for many addiction) really giving us the lives we want to lead? How connected are you really if your main form of communication is over the internet? Sherry Turkle, a clinical psychologist from MIT, is here to talk about this phenomenon and her forecast for the future of human interaction and intimacy.

Guest:

Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT; founder and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self


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