In a thought provoking TED talk, Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? builds on the themes mentioned in a previous blog on multitasking and manners, by talking about the consequences on individuals and relationships when using communications to remain connected.
One key thing psychologically is that with solitude, comes the drive to be with other people. When that drive is diverted by telecommunications, we never learn to be alone and as a consequence end up being more lonely. She makes an interesting narrative about how being connected can lead to isolation.
Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.
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