Sunday, January 16, 2011

'Alone Together': Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other - Newsweek

Excerpt from another review of the new Sherry Turkle book; see the book’s Web site for more details; she’s also going to be on The Colbert Report on 1/17

The advantage to all that gadgetry, of course, is connectedness: email lets us respond on the go, and we are in touch with more people during more hours of the day than at any other time in history. But is it possible we're more lonely than ever, too? That's what MIT professor Sherry Turkle observes in her new book, Alone Together, a fascinating portrait of our changing relationship with technology. The result of nearly 15 years of study (and interviews with hundreds of subjects), Turkle details the ways technology has redefined our perceptions of intimacy and solitude—and warns of the perils of embracing such pseudo-techno relationships in place of lasting emotional connections.

'Alone Together': Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other - Newsweek

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