Lonely In A Digital Age

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A man holds a ZTE low-cost solar-powered mobile phone in Barcelona. (Getty)

Many of us spend hours with our smartphones and computers, texting and emailing. We peruse social networking sites, updating our followers several times a day on our moods and thoughts. In many ways, it seems we have greater safeguards against loneliness than we ever have. But Professor Sherry Turkle wonders if, in the age of digital saturation, we’ve sacrificed conversation for mere connection. 

Sherry Turkle is an MIT technology and society specialist, as well as the author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More of Technology and Less of Each Other.”


Sherry Turkle

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]


Before the digital age, all of us learned the art of conversation as naturally as breathing and walking. We were not aware that we were "learning" what was the social "medium" around us. Now it's interesting to hear that some of those raised in the "digital age," feel they have to "learn" or train themselves in this "skill" of real time face to face conversation. Sort of like how those of us raised in the "conversation age" feel that we have to train ourselves to use digital communication devices.

Also wondering how many young digital communicators have lost the opportunity to acquire ease of conversation, somewhat like humans loose the ability for easy language acquisition after a certain age.

Apr. 25 2012 10:11 AM

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