Are we alone together?

After three people, including my husband, heard Sherry Turkle on National Public Radio on October 18, 2012, and told me about her new book, I looked up the Fresh Air interview online.

In her book Alone Together, Turkle, a clinical psychologist and founder of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self, explores how technology is changing the way we communicate.

Here are a few of her comments from NPR.

Face-to-face interaction teaches “skills of negotiation, of reading each other’s emotion, of having to face the complexity of confrontation, dealing with complex emotion,” Turkle says. She thinks that people who believe they are too busy to have in-person conversations often don’t make important emotional connections.

What is so seductive about texting, about keeping that phone on, about that little red light on the Blackberry is you want to know who wants you.”

“Children are getting these phones earlier and earlier. These are years when children need to develop this capacity for solitude, this capacity to feel complete playing alone. If you don’t have a capacity for solitude, you will always be lonely.”


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