“Technology reshapes the landscape of our emotional lives, but is it offering the lives we want to lead?”
– Sherry Turkle
The following is an excerpt from Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other by Sherry Turkle and originally appeared on http://www.alternet.org on February 19, 2013.
Online connections were first conceived as a substitute for face-to-face contact, when the latter was for some reason impractical: Don’t have time to make a phone call? Shoot off a text message. But very quickly, the text message became the connection of choice. We discovered the network—the world of connectivity—to be uniquely suited to the overworked and overscheduled life it makes possible. And now we look to the network to defend us against loneliness even as we use it to control the intensity of our connections.
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